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National Advisory Committee for Chronic Pain


In March 2016, the National Chronic Pain Improvement Group (NCPIG) wound up, with the last full meeting of the group convening in December 2015.  The then-Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt MSP, tasked Scottish Government officials with examining how best to achieve the range and type of support required, initially in support of the MSG and subsequently - at an appropriate time - to handover responsibilities to a new national group.  Ministers subsequently agreed to set up the NACCP.

Role & Remit

This group will be chaired by the Dr Gregor Smith, Deputy Chief Medical Officer.  The working draft remit - to be confirmed -  is:

  • Guide and support the improvement of chronic pain management at all levels of health and social care;
  • Develop a dataset to underpin effective measurement/quantification of chronic pain services across Scotland, including the potential future development of Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs);
  • Raise and maintain the profile of chronic pain across NHSScotland;
  • Provide advice on policy and service improvement/development for Ministers/SG Health and Social Care Directorates


It is the aim that the membership will include NHS Chief Executives, Integration Joint Boards, clinicians, researchers, third sector organisations and service users.


The NACCP is currently being developed.  You will be able to find the minutes of the meetings here in due course.