Pain Concern campaigns on several issues and works with other organisations to influence policies which affect the lives of people with pain. Find out what we are doing and to learn ways you can get involved.
Our policies aim to help improve the lives of people living with chronic pain and raise awareness for issues that affect them currently, or may affect them in future. We share this aim with many stakeholders and organisations, with whom we work in close association.
The Chronic Pain Policy Coalition (CPPC)
CPPC background information
The CPPC is a forum established in 2006 to unite patients, professionals and parliamentarians in a mission to develop an improved strategy for the prevention, treatment and management of chronic pain and its associated conditions.
The CPPC’s policy solutions contribute towards improvement of the quality of life of those affected by chronic pain, increase awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding pain, and influence and facilitate positive action that will reduce the impact of pain on individuals and society.
CPPC Key Recommendations from Putting Pain on the Agenda
A Clear standards and criteria must be agreed and implemented nationally for identification, assessment, and initial management of problematic pain.
B An awareness campaign should be run to explain the nature, extent, impact, prevention and treatment of chronic pain to the wider general and NHS community.
C Nationally-agreed commissioning guidance must be developed and agreed, describing best care in chronic pain to reduce unwarranted variation.
D A data strategy for chronic pain should be agreed through creation of an epidemiology of chronic pain working group.
CPPC campaign focus
Education: so that pain is an integral part of all professional training
Empowerment: to support people to make decisions about their condition
Collaboration: so that all stakeholders share in a joined up patient strategy
Early Access: to prevent acute pain becoming chronic pain
Measurement: of pain as the 5th Vital Sign.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS) and the Chronic Pain Steering Group (CPSG)
Getting to GRIPS report (Getting Relevant Information on Pain Services) published by NHS QIS (now HIS)
In December 2007 the CPSG published the Getting to GRIPS report (Getting Relevant Information on Pain Services, now 2nd edition (2008). This report was the result of benchmarking chronic pain services in partnership with NHS boards, patients and service providers.
As a result of the GRIPS Report, the Scottish Government accepted the recommendation that chronic pain should be recognised as a long term condition in its own right. This recommendation aligned ongoing work on chronic pain with the long term conditions work programme.
CPSG background information
In a public speech on the 22 April 2009, the Scottish Government Minister for Public Health and Wellbeing, Shona Robison, announced a decision to appoint Dr Pete Mackenzie as the lead clinician for chronic pain in Scotland to ‘provide professional leadership, and take responsibility for driving forward the GRIPS work’. In May 2009 the inaugural meeting of the newly constituted Scottish Chronic Pain Steering Group was held.
In May 2011 Dr Steve Gilbert was appointed as the new national lead clinician for chronic pain for a period of two years.
The CPSG aim is to make pain management techniques widely known and practised – rather than a specialty. There have been many developments in the understanding and management of chronic pain. The CPSG disseminates information and advice for people with pain, for families and carers as well as for healthcare professionals.
Healthcare Improvement Scotland is a health body formed on the 1 April 2011, taking over the work of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland (NHS QIS). HIS has the focus and key responsibility to help NHS Scotland and independent healthcare providers deliver high quality, evidence-based, safe, effective and person-centred care; and to scrutinise services to provide public assurance about the quality and safety of that care.
Improving Services for People with Chronic Pain – Update by Dr. Stephen Gilbert, National Lead Clinician for Chronic Pain
The Improving Services for People with Chronic Pain update aims to highlight priorities for the Chronic Pain Steering Group and provide information on current topics.