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Our Medicines Management team shine with creation of new chronic pain pathway guidelines 

Thank you to Marina Maxwell, Senior Primary Care Pharmacist, for all the hard work and effort that she put into developing the South East London sector Area Prescribing Committee (APC) guidelines for the pharmacological management of adult non-cancer chronic pain.  These primary care guidelines, developed with Fauzia Hasnie, one of the Guy’s and St Thomas Foundation Trust (GSTT) Pain Consultants were over 2 years in the making and reduced from 27 pages to 9 as well as involving the review of over 100 comments following a wider consultation.  

Marina skilfully presented the final draft at recent Medicines and Pathways Review Group meeting on Thursday 21 February, and received useful constructive feedback as well as an unprecedented round of applause.

She has also been asked to present them at March’s APC meeting as a “Good news story”.

This is a very complex therapeutic area and one in which clinicians have long been calling for a treatment pathway and Marina and Fauzia as well as the consultants, specialist pharmacists and nurses involved from SEL CCGS and Trusts, are to be commended.