30% of neurology referrals are for headache and many of these cases are inappropriate for the secondary
care setting. This section gives background information and documentation that NHS Commissioners can draw upon.
1. Five steps to successful Headache Service Commissioning.
Broad overview for developing headache services
2. Reports from PCTs who have set up Headache
Services giving useful information, guidance and governance frameworks.
Report from Scarborough PCT
Report from Salford PCT
Lambeth headache business case
3. Support for setting up a GPwSI Service.
Support for NHS commissioners
4. A paper from the Association of British
Neurologists arguing that headache is well suited to the development of general practitioner with a special interest services.
document that outlines potential headache pathways that can be modified in response to local circumstances.
Referral pathways for headache in adults
Services in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Headache services in England
Headache services in Northern Ireland
Headache services in Scotland
Headache services in Wales
7. Appraisal and accreditation
frameworks for GPwSI in Headache developed by the British Association for the study of Headache GPwSI Group.
For use in Annual GP appraisal
For use with newly accredited GPwSI
For use for five-year annual reaccreditation