Date lodged: 9 October 2018
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will publish the findings of the recent workforce survey regarding chronic pain among health workers, which was carried out by the National Advisory Committee on Chronic Pain.
Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 6 November 2018
On behalf of the National Advisory Committee for Chronic Pain (NACCP), the Deputy Chief Medical Officer commissioned Scottish NHS Boards to provide information about the quantity of different healthcare professionals working within specialist pain services across Scotland, as well as qualitative information about recruitment/ retention challenges and succession planning for this workforce group.
The information is still being collated and assessed, in accordance with the data protection laws, to consider whether the data is identifiable to individuals and should be treated as personal data. This will determine what information can be shared with the NACCP in the first instance, who in turn will advise what findings should be published, alongside minutes of its meeting, on the Scottish Government website at https://www.gov.scot/Topics/Health/Services/Chronic-Pain/NACCP/NACP-Minutes .