Subacromial Shoulder Pain: A Review of BESS Publications

Subacromial Shoulder Pain is the most common type of shoulder pain.  It has many different causes and making the correct diagnosis is important to ensure patients receive best care. In recent years there has been much attention focused on this issue and specifically on which treatment options are most effective.

In order to improve and standardise care, since 2014, BESS has led in the development of a number of evidence based national guidelines related to this topic, as well as supporting numerous national research studies. Most recently the 2021 Primary, Community and Intermediate Care Shoulder Pain Guidelines have been incorporated into the NHS Evidence Based Interventions (EBI) Programme.

The National Guidelines on subacromial shoulder pain from BESS, BOA, the NHS EBI and NICE have been listed in chronological order and can be accessed below. The guidelines include diagnosis aids, guidance for commissioners, and treatment information for those involved in pathways of care for patients suffering with subacromial pain.

Guidelines (available from library below)

  • 2021: BESS/BOA BOAST for Subacromial Decompression Surgery – Due for publication in early 2023
  • 2021: BESS Shoulder Pain – Primary, Community and Intermediate Care Guidelines
  • 2018: Exercises to treat your shoulder pain: a resource for GPs and their patients
  • 2020: NHS Evidence Based Interventions Programme Two
  • 2018: NHSE Evidence Based Interventions Programme One
  • 2017: NICE Clinical Knowledge Summary – Rotator Cuff Disorders
  • 2015: BESS/BOA Patient Care Pathway for Subacromial Shoulder Pain
  • 2014: NICE accredited BESS/BOA Commissioning Guidance for Subacromial Shoulder Pain
  • 2014: GP Diagnosis Poster
[wpfd_category id=”1463″ order=”created_time” direction=”desc” number=”20″ ]


Do you have an interest in shoulder and elbow surgery and rehabilitation? Sign up to keep up to date with our guidelines and publications

We don’t spam! Read our Privacy notice – British Elbow & Shoulder Society ( for more info.