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The Provision of Specialist Residential Chronic Pain Services in Scotland: Analysis of Consultation Responses, 23/01/14 [S]

The consultation paper ‘The provision of specialist residential chronic pain services in Scotland' invited views on three options for residential pain services. This report summarises the reponses to the consultation.

The consultation sought views on three options:

  • Option 1: A Centre of Excellence in a single location.
  • Option 2:    A service delivered by local chronic pain clinicians supported by other clinical advisors in another part of the country.
  • Option 3:    A service delivered in different locations by a team of chronic pain specialists (an outreach or roving service).
Of these, there was a clear preference for Option 1 (a Centre of Excellence in a single location), in some cases in conjunction with another option. A significant number of benefits, as well as a few disadvantages, were suggested for Option 1. Most respondents supported the provision of a wide range of services in such a Centre of Excellence. Option 3 (an outreach or roving service), however, was identified most often by respondents as one they disagreed with. Nearly half of those who expressed a view suggested that access to the residential service at Bath should be retained either on the same basis as at present, or in a modified form.

Respondents identified a wide range of barriers to accessing a residential pain management service, including cost, location, logistical and personal issues.

For full details see the Scottish Government website.

Further Information

The Provision of Specialist Residential Chronic Pain Services in Scotland: Analysis of Consultation Responses