Beverley Bolton


Director and Lecturer Train Pain Academy 

Clinical physiotherapist in private pain rehabilitation practice

57 Westview Village, Mill Park, Port Elizabeth, South Africa


Health Professions Council of SA – Physiotherapist (PT0023515)

SA Society of Physiotherapy (BOL106)


1977 – BSc(Phys) (Wits)

2007 – MSc Med (Pain Management) (University of Sydney)

Biographical Sketch:

Beverley Bolton is a clinical physiotherapist and teacher in the fields of chronic pain and healthcare communication. She is a founder and director of the non-profit organisation Train Pain Academy NPO, formed to provide collaborative pain education and skills-training to healthcare professionals managing acute and chronic pain in normal clinical practice. She obtained her MSc Medicine in Pain Management through Sydney University in 2007

and has additional qualifications in Healthcare Communication and Motivational Interviewing. She is the national representative for South Africa and is on the Advisory Committee of EACH (The International Association for Communication in Healthcare). She is passionate about helping healthcare professionals learn skills to form strong therapeutic relationships with their patients that will enable them to change and live a life they find meaningful.


Hasenbring, M. I., Lundberg, M., Parker, R., Soderlund, A., Bolton, B., Smeets, R. J. Ljutov, A. Simmonds, M. J. (2014)  Pain, Mind, and Movement in Musculoskeletal Pain: Is Physical Activity Always Health-promoting or are There Detrimental Aspects? Clin J Pain. 2014, doi: 10.1097/AJP.0000000000000101

Professional Activities and Interests:

Train Pain Academy

Health education non-profit organisation

Founding member, director and lecturer

2016 – present

European Association for Communication in Healthcare –teachers group tEACH

Member of the Networking sub-committee of tEACH

Member of the Local Course Initiative sub-committee of tEACH

2015 – present

Consultant for EMERALD project (Teaching communication skills to nurses in primary care)

Consultant for communication skills programme development

2015 -2016

Pain, Mind and Movement SIG of the International Association for the Study of Pain

International executive member for Media

2010 – 2014

Pain Management Physiotherapy Group

Chairperson National Executive Committee 2009 – 2014

Co-convener of CPD educational activities 2009 – 2014