[PDF] Local commissioning of specialist services for pain

Royal College of Anaesthetists
Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA)
Publication date:
01 February 2013


Many specialist pain clinicians and NHS managers are involved presently in discussion with local Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG) with respect to establishment of specialist pain services in their area. This document provides recommendations that are aimed at assisting this process, especially the provision of effective and safe pain services that provide a high quality patient experience and outcome.

Pain Management Services have historically been located in secondary care, but many are now located in the community and have good links with Primary Care or other community services such as musculoskeletal services. Pain Management Services should positively relate to Primary Care to ensure that clarity exists to ensure that assessment is undertaken so that patients in pain are triaged to allow referral to services that are appropriate to their needs.