Date lodged: 21 November 2016
To ask the Scottish Government how many service improvement groups on chronic pain there are in each NHS board, and how much each costs to run.
Answered by: Aileen Campbell 8 December 2016
This information is not held centrally.
The primary aim of the Service Improvement Groups (SIGs) was to bring pain services across Scotland in line with the Scottish Service Model for Chronic Pain. Scottish Government funding was made available to NHS Boards from 2012, totalling £1.3 million, each for two-year periods. All 14 territorial Boards submitted applications based upon their respective local pain services, and these were accepted following a thorough assessment process. The central funding for the SIGs, therefore, was time-limited.
Beyond this additional funding period, it was (and is) a matter for NHS Boards to determine the most appropriate configuration and delivery of chronic pain services to meet the assessed needs of their resident populations.