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Posted by Mariette Lobo, Sep 17 2013 2:18PM

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Consultation paper on pain services in Scotland

A consultation on the provision of specialist residential chronic pain services in Scotland aims at seeking views on the possible options for the future provision of specialist residential pain management services in Scotland. The consultation will close on Sunday 27 October 2013. There may be opportunities for complementary health practitioners within this new facility as all ideas are being considered. Please do express your comments and opinions on this important health decision. By replying and providing intelligent comment on this policy move, complementary therapy could be represented in a positive and inclusive light with regards to the treatment of chronic pain and the future of NHS Scotland. Please do RESPOND and show interest - or else a great move harmed and many years of work wasted.

Here is the link for the consultation paper : http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/07/9995
Here is the link for the consultation questionnaire : http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2013/07/9995/downloads
Mariette Lobo
Dec 15 2013 8:48AM
A momentous occasion (courtesy of Paulo Quadros from Intlife – his FB page)

I have great pleasure in letting you know that the SIGN national clinical guideline on the management of chronic pain was launched last Thursday,
12th December 2013 in Scotland. “This guideline provides recommendations based on current evidence for best practice in the assessment and management of adults with chronic non malignant pain in nonspecialist settings, including self management, pharmacological, psychological, physical, complementary and dietary therapies.”

“The main guideline is accompanied by a patient version and three treatment pathways:
• Chronic pain assessment, early management and care planning in non-specialist settings
• Patients with neuropathic pain
• Using strong opioids in patients with chronic pain”

I am very grateful to all who made this possible.

I’m particularly excited that, after having campaigned for it for some 18 years, for the first time in Scotland, ‘complementary and alternative therapies’ are first line treatment recommendations in the NHS – in this case, for chronic lower back pain, neck pain and osteoarthritis.

This means that now, when clinically relevant, GPs are encouraged to refer patients for the recommended CAM treatment and patients will be able to have an option to the usual pharmacological interventions.

Let me know if you have any questions.

The full guideline, quick reference and other documents can be found onhttp://sign.ac.uk/guidelines/fulltext/136/index.html (it also includes a 'Patient Booklet' explaining everything in simple lay terms)

A chronic pain website for patients and health professionals was also launched and can be found on www.chronicpainscotland.org

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