Chronic Pain

Chronic pain affects around 20% of the population; around 7% have chronic pain that is intense, severely disabling and/or needs frequent medication and healthcare advice.

People with chronic pain consult their general practitioner around 5 times more frequently than those without, and chronic pain is a presenting condition in around 22% of primary care consultations.

The main areas of focus for this programme are enhancing education and training and supporting commissioners to improve patient care.


22 April 2021: Statement of clarification on the latest NICE chronic pain guidance; regarding patients already on medication


The RCGP commissioning support document on chronic pain was launched in January 2014. The RCGP took responsibility for producing this document following the English Pain Summit in November 2011 and owes its origins to the Chief Medical Officer for England's 150th Report published in 2009.

Pain Management Services: Planning for the Future - guiding clinicians in their engagement with commissioners [PDF] 


Useful Links

Pain community centre

Sheffield aches and pains

Pain toolkit

British Pain Society

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