An effective pain management service has huge benefits for not only the NHS but also the whole country.

The longer someone is off work with pain, the less likely they are to return. Ensuring appropriate patients are referred quickly to a multidisciplinary pain management clinic can help prevent pain becoming chronic through effective treatment and rehabilitation. This reduces dependence on state benefits, the prescribing of unnecessary painkillers and the costs of other ongoing treatment.

By redesigning pain services, commissioners have the opportunity to make savings and improve patients’ experiences. This HSJ supplement looks at how some trusts have made improvements by changing referral pathways and moving services into the community. It also discusses some of the challenges that must still be faced.

To read more, download the supplement.