Pain Management Formulary for Prisons: Implementation Resources – Examples from Practice

· Medicines Use & Safety

In December 2015 NHS England published the Pain Management Formulary for Prisons Link. The formulary outlines a rational, evidence based approach to the use of pain relief medicines for acute, persistent and neuropathic pain for people in prisons

This document is a collation of practical information and tools that have been shared by providers and partners covering various aspects of formulary use and pain management.


The collation of examples reflects the five areas of implementation highlighted in the Implementation Guide:

  • Integrating the formulary and pain medicines into pain care
  • Prescribing pain medicines – general principles
  • Patient-centred care
  • Optimising the safe use of pain medicines
  • Optimising continuity of care