Approximately 7.8 million people have chronic pain in the UK. It is a problem for half those aged 65+ and is poorly managed. Older people are often reluctant to report pain, rarely use the word pain and often have low expectations of pain management. How older people of al backgrounds experience and express pain is poorly understood by health care professionals. The private nature of pain requires excellent communication skills to manage it effectively. This qualitative project, by talking to older people and health care practitioners, explores the experience and treatment of pain. The findings will be used to develop educational materials. to enable practitioners to mange pain among older people.