Framework for Chronic Pain Service Delivery (Update)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 21 February 2024.

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Photo of David Torrance David Torrance Scottish National Party

3. To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on the progress in delivering the actions and aims contained in the framework for chronic pain service delivery. (S6O-03096)

Photo of Jenni Minto Jenni Minto Scottish National Party

In November 2023, we published a progress report that outlined progress to date on delivery of actions and aims that are outlined in the framework for pain management service delivery. At that time, we also published a revised implementation plan with updated actions, following a period of stakeholder engagement.

Good progress has been made in delivering on the actions in the plan. That progress has been achieved with the support of the newly established stakeholder networks and governance arrangements. Work includes delivery of improved access to information, increasing the knowledge of healthcare professionals via a dedicated chronic pain knowledge hub, and developing new ways to access specialist care.

Photo of David Torrance David Torrance Scottish National Party

Chronic pain is a considerable healthcare concern that causes physical and emotional stress to sufferers and their families. Equitable and early access to pain management services is vital. What action is the Scottish Government taking to ensure that healthcare professionals across all levels of care have up-to-date knowledge and understanding of available pain management options?

Photo of Jenni Minto Jenni Minto Scottish National Party

We recognise the need to further promote awareness and understanding of chronic pain and its impact on the healthcare workforce. We are making it easier for healthcare professionals at all levels to access and navigate high-quality up-to-date information and resources in order to improve the quality of care.

We have established a national pain education group, which, as I mentioned earlier, is developing a national chronic pain knowledge hub for healthcare professionals, service managers and other delivery partners. In addition, the group is developing a pain-informed care toolkit for healthcare professionals to promote pain management options in all settings.

Photo of Brian Whittle Brian Whittle Conservative

A s the former convener of the Parliament’s cross-party group on arthritis and musculoskeletal conditions, I know how important timely access to orthopaedic surgery can be for the mental and physical health of people with arthritis and chronic pain.

Now that the Scottish Government has halted the development of a new treatment centre in Ayr that was set to treat around 3,000 orthopaedic patients per year, patients face an even longer wait. Will the minister commit today to ensuring that patients with chronic pain who are waiting for orthopaedic surgery will have access to whatever physical and mental health support they need, while they are forced to endure even longer waiting times for a lasting solution?

Photo of Jenni Minto Jenni Minto Scottish National Party

I reiterate that we are setting up a national care service in NHS Golden Jubilee National Hospital, which will work nationwide to support people across Scotland in speeding up operations in orthopaedics.