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Airing Pain 39: National Pain Audit

The state of pain ser­vices in Eng­land and Wales: the Nation­al Pain Audit’s find­ings revealed

At the launch of the Nation­al Pain Audit at the Sci­ence Muse­um in Lon­don, Paul Evans talks to peo­ple who took a lead­ing role in its devel­op­ment about the need for an audit and what their find­ings sug­gest needs to be done in the future.

For the first time, the Audit will make avail­able to patients and health­care pro­fes­sion­als detailed infor­ma­tion on local pain man­age­ment ser­vices. Richard Lang­ford and Cathy Price of the British Pain Soci­ety dis­cuss the reports find­ings, includ­ing the need for more pain clin­ics to adopt the min­i­mum inter­na­tion­al stan­dard for inter­dis­ci­pli­nary ser­vices. This would enable them to take a biopsy­choso­cial approach to pain man­age­ment, which, as Richard Lang­ford explains, can make a cru­cial dif­fer­ence to patients. Cathy Price also dis­cuss­es how pain clin­ics could do more to help patients remain in or get back into employment.

We also hear from Chris­tine Hugh­es and Jean Gaf­fin, who have both been involved in the cam­paign for bet­ter pain ser­vices, about the prob­lem of incon­sis­tent ser­vice pro­vi­sion and the need to work towards a nation­al standard.

Issues cov­ered in this pro­gramme include: Patient voice, patient liai­son, epi­demi­ol­o­gy, study, pain ser­vices, the biopsy­choso­cial mod­el, mul­ti­dis­ci­pli­nary, men­tal health, pain as a con­di­tion in its own right, rais­ing aware­ness, pol­i­cy and GPs.


  • Pro­fes­sor Richard Lang­ford, British Pain Society
  • Cathy Price, British Pain Society
  • Chris­tine Hugh­es, Sec­re­tary of Pain UK
  • Jean Gaf­fin, Hon­orary Mem­ber of the British Pain Society
  • Charles Dob­son.

More infor­ma­tion:

  • For more infor­ma­tion on the Nation­al Pain Audit and to find out about your local pain ser­vices vis­it:


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