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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13168: Miles Briggs (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government how it ensures that there is (a) a patient-centred care approach and (b) consistency in (i) clinical practice and (ii) outcomes for patients being treated for headaches.

Answered by: Aileen Campbell 19 December 2017

The Scottish Government is committed to ensuring that everyone living in Scotland with are able to access the best possible care and support, and benefit from healthcare services that are safe, effective and put people at the centre of their care.

Through clinical guidelines issued by The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) ‘107 Diagnosis and management of headache in adults’ variation in practice and outcomes should be reduced. Implementation of guidelines is the responsibility of each individual NHS board. A new SIGN Guideline on the Prevention and treatment of patients with episodic and chronic migraine is currently in development.

In addition to the SIGN Guideline there are a set of clinical standards on headache that form part of the Clinical Standards for Neurological Services. These standards are currently being reviewed by Healthcare Improvement Scotland.