NICE has completed a period for stakeholder feedback on the draft NICE guidelines on Chronic pain: assessment and management (GID-NG10069).
The Faculty has significant concerns with this set of draft guidelines in their current form. These concerns are strongly shared by the Royal College of Anaesthetists, our multidisciplinary colleagues and lay groups. The FPM ANZCA have also reached out to formally raise their concerns with us.
We have published our response to these guidelines below and would also like to highlight the response from the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care group.
The Faculty is fully supportive for the development of high quality guidance to support patient management, especially for groups that are otherwise at risk of being marginalised or cross many clinical boundaries. The Faculty regularly provides feedback on such consultations. In this instance we would not support these guidelines in their current form.