National Advisory Committee for Chronic Pain


The National Advisory Committee for Chronic Pain was set up in 2017, following the winding up of the National Chronic Pain Improvement Group (NCPIG) in 2016.

The Committee's remit is:

  • guiding the improvement of chronic pain management at all levels of health and social care
  • raising and maintaining the profile of chronic pain
  • advising the Scottish Government on chronic pain to inform effective national policy development


  • Dr Gregor Smith – Deputy Chief Medical Officer [Chair]
  • Professor Blair Smith – [National Lead Clinician]
  • Dr Paul Cameron – [NHS Fife (Clinical Lead/ Physiotherapist)]
  • Sonia Cottom – Pain Association Scotland – [Third Sector Representative #1]
  • Heather Wallace – Pain Concern – [Third Sector Representative #2]
  • James O’Malley/Angela Donaldson-Bruce – Versus Arthritis [Third Sector Representative #3]
  • Irene Oldfather – the ALLIANCE – [Third Sector Representative #4]
  • Dr Grecy Bell – NHS Dumfries and Galloway – Associate Medical Director/ GP – [Representative of Scottish Association of Medical Directors]
  • Marianne Hayward – South Lanarkshire Health and Social Care Partnership – [Representative from the Chief Officers Network (Health and Social Care Partnerships)]
  • Aline Williams – NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde – Service Manager rep
  • Dr Rachel Atherton – Scottish National Residential Pain Management Programme – [Clinical Lead/ Consultant Psychologist]
  • Professor Lesley Colvin – University of Dundee/Scottish Pain Research Community (SPaRC)
  • Phil Mackie – Scottish Public Health Network
  • Anita Stewart – Scottish Government Team Leader
  • Carolyn Chalmers – Scottish Government - National Improvement Advisor – Modernising Patient Pathways Programme