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Ministerial Steering Group on Chronic Pain


The Ministerial Steering Group (MSG) on Chronic Pain – Chaired by Scottish Ministers - was established in November 2014.  In 2017 it was decided that following the establishment of the National Advisory Committee for Chronic Pain, the functions of the Ministerial Steering Group would be transferred into the new Committee. Therefore, the final meeting of the Ministerial Steering Group took place on 28 June 2017.

Role & Remit

The original remit (2014) was to provide leadership and direction to support improvement in NHSScotland’s chronic pain services by:

  • Providing advice, direction and governance support to the existing National Chronic Pain Improvement Group (NCPIG)* based on a report produced specifically for the MSG following each meeting of the national group;
  • Overseeing progress through service improvement plans, including waiting times through quarterly reports, and linking directly with NHS Boards on specific issues as appropriate;
  • Overseeing progress in the establishment of the Scottish National Chronic Pain Management Programme (SNCPMP).

* As the NCPIG disbanded in March 2016,  the National Advisory Committee for Chronic Pain  was established to  take over all of the other functions listed above


The MSG membership comprised of the National Lead Clinician for Chronic Pain, the National Chronic Pain Co-ordinator, patient members and the Director of NHS National Services Scotland’s National Services Division.

The MSG was also supported by Scottish Government officials from the Strategic Planning and Clinical Priorities team.  Additionally, the group invited  along other key individuals to discuss agenda items or present various topics.


The last set of minutes can be found under related downloads, previous minutes are available on request.