2018 sees the launch of our latest MasterClass programme for headache and migraine. Headache disorders place a huge demand on NHS resources and despite publication of the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Clinical Guideline and Quality Standards on Headache in 2012 and 2013 there are still significant rates of misdiagnosis and mismanagement of people living with headache disorders.A fundamental lack of understanding about the true cost of headache on a personal, societal and NHS level means that health economies fail to prioritise this manageable, and sometimes preventable, problem. Inequality of access to specialist headache clinics, and barriers to accessing appropriate recommended treatments, mean that people living with headache disorders are denied supportive management.The need for greater awareness of the problem through headache-specific data collection and analysis, coupled with improved education of health professionals could support commissioners to improve access to services. This is why the Neurology Academy's next priority area for work is a Migraine & Headache Academy MasterClass programme.We kick off our involvement with the launch of a Headache Insight Report developed in conjunction with NHS Digital data providers Wilmington Healthcare, and in February we will be holding a roundtable event to look at the issues of headache management and service commissioning with an expert advisory group. This will inform the Migraine & Headache Academy's educational programme for 2018.Dr Giles Elrington, Barts Health NHS Trust, is the Academic Director of this latest Academy programme and attendees at the roundtable event include NHS commissioners, neurologists, specialist headache nurses and NHS RightCare representatives. We will be reporting on the outputs of this meeting via the website.
70% of respondents were unaware that migraine can also be classed as a disability, and 60% of respondents did not feel their employers understood the condition (The Migraine Trust, 2017). This appears to indicate a lack of wider understanding of migraine and we hope to support better care in 2018.Contact us to receive Migraine & Headache Academy updates.
Neurology Academy is an innovative educational provider for healthcare professionals including consultants, specialist nurses, pharmacists, therapists and other allied health professionals. Our courses are developed by practicing specialists who combine their experience and expertise into case-based learning designed to create specialists in their field with confidence in effecting change.
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