Development Timeline

2019

  • Affa Sair was accepted to SIGN [Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network] allowing consultation to SIGN Guidelines published by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

  • In late 2018, Douglas Ross MP was able to put a question from Affa Sair directly to the Minister for Work and Pensions asking "When a claimant with a chronic pain condition, has been awarded both the enhanced care component and enhanced mobility component of PIP, why are continual assessments needed?"

  •  In March 2019 Douglas Ross MP advised us that the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work reported back to him that “ ...claimants whose functional ability remains unchanged are now more likely to have their award reviewed by a Departmental decision-maker rather than via a face-to-face consultation with a health professional.  We have ... introduced updated guidance for case managers, which ensures that claimants who receive the highest level of support under Personal Independence Payment, and where their needs will not change or get worse, will now receive an on-going award with a light touch review at the ten-year point.”

2018

  • Affa Sair contributed to the Scottish Access Collaborative & Digital Health and Care Institute Report on Chronic Pain.

  • Affa Sair contributed to the Scottish Public Health Network Report on Health Care Needs Assessment of Adult Chronic Pain Services in Scotland

  • Affa Sair contributed to the Scottish Parliament Health and Sport Committee Investigation on Code of Corporate Governance relating to NHS Boards.

2017

  • Affa Sair joined with Glasgow School of Art in a project called The Language of Pain with the aim of developing a joint language so that medical professionals and chronic pain patients can understand each other.

  • Affa Sair Founder, Chris Bridgeford met with Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon when they discussed the group’s aims and hopes for the future.

  • Affa Sair met with the Scottish Minister for Public Health and the National Pain Coordinator concerning the resources which could be given to NHS Grampian to benefit pain patients directly, with a special wish that Dr Gray’s be allowed to carry out procedures such as infusions again. The Minister also took note and gave advice on difficulties in obtaining return appointments at the NHS Grampian Pain Clinic.