Guidelines and Publications
Part of the Faculty's work relates to standards for Pain Medicine practice; this falls within the remit of the FPM Professional Standards Committee. This is done via the creation of good practice documentation directly produced by the Faculty and via contributing to or endorsing policy and guidance documents from other organisations.
FPM Clinical Guidelines
- Conducting Quality Consultations in Pain Medicine
- The Good Pain Medicine Specialist
- Recommendations for good practice in the use of epidural injection for the management of pain of spinal origin in adults
- Best practice in the management of epidural analgesia in the hospital setting
- Guidance on competencies for intrathecal drug delivery
- Guidance on competencies for spinal cord stimulation
- Guidance on competencies for management of cancer pain in adults
- Guidance on competencies for paediatric pain medicine
Clinical Guidelines (other organisations – endorsed by the FPM)
- Standards of Good Practice for Spinal Interventional Procedures in Pain Medicine
- Standard of good practice for medial branch block injections and radiofrequency denervation for low back pain (2014)
- National Safety Standards for Invasive Procedures (NatSSIPs)
- Acute Pain Management: Scientific Evidence 4th Edition
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
Safety Checklist for Interventional Pain Procedures under Local Anaesthetic or Sedation
The Faculty has produced a safety checklist for interventional pain procedures under local anaesthetic or sedation, which is adapted from the WHO surgical safety checklist. This is available to download and print here.
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.
- Checklist for Schools of Anaesthesia and hospitals seeking to provide advanced training in Pain Medicine for anaesthetists
- Providing Advanced Training in Pain Medicine for Anaesthetists: Guide for Regional Advisors, Trainers and Trainees
General Faculty documents
- Working with Industry - Guidance for College Officers and Staff
- Guidelines for Council and Faculty Board members who receive invitations to provide services to industry