Vicky Quarshie is a Headache Specialist Nurse and works within the Headache Service based at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and has held this this post for the last 13 years, prior to this she worked as a staff nurse in the general neurology ward since completing her Higher Education Diploma in Adult Nursing in 2000 and is Registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC).
She is a current council member of the British Association for the Study of Headaches (BASH) and has served two previous consecutive periods of office she is also a member of the United Kingdom and European Headache Specialist Nursing Forums.
Vicky has given presentations on headache management and treatments to patient groups, healthcare professionals and the pharmaceutical industry at local, national and European level. She is committed to increasing awareness of primary headache disorders and providing effective high quality evidenced based care for headache sufferers.
Vicky was an invited speaker and faculty member at the European Headache Specialist Nursing Forums at the European Migraine Trust International Conference (EHMTIC) held in Glasgow in September 2016 and gave a presentation on the patient education programme she has designed ‘Headache Education Learning Programme Sessions’ (HELP’s)
Vicky is recognized as a national injector trainer for the administration of Botox for the treatment of chronic migraine.
Vicky has been published and contributed a chapter titled “Drawing as an expression of migraine symptoms in Children; can a picture really paint a thousand words?” in the 2nd edition of Childhood Headache published 2013 which is a textbook for clinicians and also contributed to the Migraine Witness Statement Seminar published 2014.
She has contributed to clinical research papers regarding the use of Botox in the treatment of chronic migraine and written articles for the BASH website and newsletter.
In 2015 Vicky received recognition by her employer for her work in headache and the contribution of her role upon patient care and to the service she provides, she was awarded a Golden Hearts Award for the outstanding Individual of 2015 in the Nursing and Midwifery Category by her employer Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Most recently she has been nominated for a ‘Moment of Magic’ award by a patient acknowledging her commitment and dedication to developing the Headache Nursing Service in Hull and for providing a high level of care and support to her patients.
Vicky’s interests include musical theatre, performing and singing and Vicky has merged this with her nursing knowledge and facilitates a regular ‘Singing for Health and Wellbeing’ group to promote the health benefits of singing.