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Migraines

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 19740, tabled on 16 June 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will make an assessment of the potential merits of running a public awareness campaign to (a) improve public understanding of the range of migraine symptoms and (b) reduce the stigma associated with migraines, in collaboration with The Migraine Trust and local health systems.

Answered on

5 July 2022

While there are no current plans for a specific public awareness campaign, NHS England has developed a RightCare toolkit with stakeholders to improve care for migraine. The toolkit offers practical advice and guidance, including the identification of local clinical champions to promote a consistent and universal awareness and understanding of primary headache disorders, such as migraine. The toolkit highlights the importance of raising awareness and understanding locally within the National Health Service and with employers. In addition, NHS.UK provides further information on migraine, including symptoms, which is available at the following link:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/migraine/

We continue to work with stakeholders, such as the Migraine Trust, to understand the public’s awareness of these symptoms and any stigma associated with migraine.