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National Advisory Committee for Chronic Pain


In March 2016, the National Chronic Pain Improvement Group (NCPIG) wound up, with the last full meeting of the group convening in December 2015.  The then-Minister for Public Health, Maureen Watt MSP, tasked Scottish Government officials with examining how best to achieve the range and type of support required, initially in support of the MSG and subsequently - at an appropriate time - to handover responsibilities to a new national group.  Ministers subsequently agreed to set up the NACCP.

Role & Remit

This group is chaired by Dr Gregor Smith, Deputy Chief Medical Officer.  The remit is

  • Guiding the improvement of chronic pain management at all levels of health and social care;
  • Developing a dataset to allow for effective measurement/quantification of chronic pain services across Scotland, including the potential future development of Quality Performance Indicators (QPIs) (these measures will span primary and secondary care and give detail beyond waiting times in pain clinics);
  • Raising and maintaining the profile of chronic pain;
  • Advising the Scottish Government on chronic pain to inform effective national policy development.


The membership includes NHS Chief Executives, Integration Joint Boards, clinicians, researchers, third sector organisations and service users.


The latest minutes can be found under related downloads.  Previous minutes are available on request.

Dates of 2018 Meetings

Wednesday 28th March

Tuesday 5th June

Tuesday 14 August

Tuesday 6 November