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Pain management - service delivery framework: implementation plan

The implementation plan (2022) sets out our priorities and the actions we will take to reduce the impact of chronic pain on quality of life and wellbeing and improve information, care and services for people in Scotland.


Annex A – Summary of our aims, commitments and actions

Aim A Person centred care

Commitments

Improve quality and access to information on chronic pain

Develop a more knowledgeable and compassionate health and care workforce for people with chronic pain

Improve access to community based support for people with chronic pain

Actions

1. Establish a national expert working group to overs coordination and development of chronic pain information and resources

2. Enhance quality and access to chronic pain information on NHS inform

3. Establish a Chronic Pain knowledge hub for health and care professionals

4. Develop a pain informed care toolkit for health and care professionals

5. Convene a network of community and third- sector support for chronic pain

Aim B Access to care

Commitments

Improve planning and delivery of local services and support for people with chronic pain

Improve access to specialist pain management support

Develop new access to options for pain services

Actions

6. Convene a national expert working group to identify and scale- up Improvements in pain service planning and delivery

7. Identify local barriers, opportunities and priorities from users of chronic pain services

8. Establish a pain service managers network to improve coordination and planning of specialist

9. Carry out a review of highly specialised pain services to enhance nationwide delivery of pain management

10. Deliver a new digital approach to improve the choice of how people with chronic pain engage with services

Aim C Safe, effective support Commitments

Commitments

Better quality, more consistent care for people with chronic pain

Safe use of medications for people with chronic pain

More sustainable specialist services for people with chronic pain

Actions

11. Update clinical guidelines for management of chronic pain to deliver evidence- based care and support

12. Promote safer, more effective prescribing for people with chronic pain

13. Deliver a national approach to specialist interventions for chronic pain

Aim D Improving services and care Commitments

Commitments

Promote healthcare knowledge and skills on chronic pain

Improve the use of data for better services and support for people with chronic pain

Promote pain research and innovation in services

Actions

14. Establish a national multidisciplinary Pain Education Group

15. Deliver new pain management training pathways for specialist and non-specialist healthcare professionals

16. Work with Public Health Scotland to improve capture and reporting of national data on pain management services

17. Gather data through Scottish Heath Survey to improve the planning and delivery of local support for people with chronic pain

18. Identify shared research priorities across the pain community to enhance care and services

Contact

Email: Clinical_Priorities@gov.scot

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