Headache Interest Group

Chair: Dr Gina Kennedy, Consultant Neurologist, City Hospitals Sunderland FT

Due to a substantial reduction in funding for the Clinical Networks this year, we have been directed to focus on a reduced number of national priorities. Neurological conditions is not one of our 2016/17 priorities and as such we are unable to provide administrative or project management support to the Headache Interest Group.

We want to take this opportunity to commend the work of this group between the period 2013 – 2016 and we have compiled a document of their achievements which is available via the link below. The group continues to meet and contacts can be provided if required.

Neurological Conditions Legacy Document


Improved management of headache has been identified as a national and local priority for the Neurological Conditions Network. There are two strands to this project: acute management and chronic management.

The acute element of the project is focusing on pathways and protocol in Emergency Departments, to aim to improve rapid and accurate identification of the underlying causes of sudden onset severe headache and ensure all patients receive the best possible treatment.

The chronic element is focused more on primary care, to ensure the most appropriate advice and management plan is given to those who attend their GP surgery or community pharmacy with headache. A Health Needs Assessment is underway to help with this. Education for a range of professionals is also included in this work.

The national driver for this workstream comes from the NCEPOD report on sub-arachnoid haemorrhage.


Claire Braid, Network Delivery Lead: claire.braid@nhs.net


7 October 2014Download
Meeting Minutes
7 October 2014Download
NESCN Headache PaperDownload
SCN Headache Pathway DevelopmentDownload
Guideline for the Management of Lone Acute Severe HeadacheDownload