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.

For (1) Core Standards & Commissioning, (2) Training & Assessment, (3) QA & Workforce or (4) Patient Leaflet publications, please visit those areas of the website.


FPM Clinical Guidelines


Clinical Guidelines (other organisations – endorsed by the FPM)

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.  

Further information on the NHS England website can be found here


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 here.


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.


Intrathecal Drug Delivery Device refill checklist

The Faculty have produced a checklist to be used for refilling of Intrathecal drug delivery devices. This is available to download and print here.


Other Publications


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.

The Faculty of Pain Medicine has published a response to the changes, which can be viewed here. 

To view the Department of Health 'Guidance for healthcare professionals on drug diriving, please click here. 




General Faculty documents