In 2008 NICE estimated the cost to the NHS of back pain management was £2.1 billion, or just over £12 million for the average CCG of 300,000 people. In 2013 back pain was responsible for 11% of the total disability in the UK. The NICE guidance published in 2009 in general was not implemented.
The National Back Pain and Radicular Pain Pathway is the product of a unanimous consensus of 29 stakeholders based on best evidence. Its objectives are to provide a streamlined care pathway for radicular pain, and most importantly an effective, managed pathway for patients with low back pain.