External guidelines

External publications and guidelines

Here you can find a list of joint publications, external clinical guidelines endorsed by the FPM and other external pain-related publications

Joint publications

    British Pain Society and Faculty of Pain Medicine
    Public Health England, Faculty of Pain Medicine, British Pain Society, and Department of Health


    Clinical guidelines (endorsed by the FPM)

    Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists and ANZCA Faculty of Pain Medicine
    British Medical Association
    NHS England

    NHS England published the National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures in September 2015 to support NHS organisations in providing safer care and to reduce the number of patient safety incidents related to invasive procedures in which surgical Never Events can occur. The NatSSIPs cover all invasive procedures including those performed outside of the operating department.  


    British Pain Society professional publications

    The British Pain Society aims to produce contemporary guidance, supported by available evidence, on clinical and other pain matters. Their professional publications can be found on their website.


    Drug Driving Regulations - Changes to the Law

    A new offence of driving with certain specified controlled drugs in excess of specified levels in the body is expected to come into force on 2 March 2015. This offence is an addition to the existing rules on drug impaired driving and fitness to drive. The legislation also provides for a statutory “medical defence” for this new offence, for patients taking their medicines in accordance with instructions. 

    This Department for Transport guidance document has been developed on the advice of independent clinical experts and has been approved by the Secretary of State's Honorary Advisory Panel on Alcohol, Drugs and Substance Misuse. It is intended to assist healthcare professionals by clarifying key relevant information. 

    To view the Faculty response to these regulations please go to our statements page