Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 12th February 2019.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Human Rights), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what his policy is on the provision on the NHS of spinal implants for pain relief.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides guidance on ‘Spinal cord stimulation for chronic pain of neuropathic or ischaemic origin’. NICE is currently developing guidance on the assessment and management of chronic pain, with an expected publication date of 19 August 2020. Further information can be found via the following links:

As with the majority of NHS services, local commissioners are responsible for provision of treatment and support for patients with chronic pain conditions. Patients with chronic pain can be well managed in the community or local hospitals by appropriately trained members of interdisciplinary Pain Management Services. Patients may be treated in a Specialised Pain Management Centre where appropriate. When considering what services should be made available we would expect clinical commissioning groups to consider the best practice available guidance.

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