Childhood Neurological Conditions Priority Setting Partnership 

The first survey has now closed. The aim is to identify the Top Ten unanswered questions in paediatric neurology to influence future research priorities. 
We will update this page in the near future on the next stages. Please see our timeline below for reference.

The British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA) and the James Lind Alliance (JLA) have come together to organise a Priority Setting Partnership on Childhood Neurological Conditions. This partnership aims to shape future research on these conditions by bringing together patients, their parents and carers and health care professionals to identify and prioritise unanswered questions around treatments, therapies or procedures to present to researchers and funders.

The Partnership is guided by a Steering Group made up of young people with experience of neurological conditions, parents, carers and health professionals. The first step in identifying unanswered questions is a survey to be completed by everyone with an interest in Childhood Neurological Conditions. These questions are then checked to see which are truly unanswered questions. The unanswered questions are then shared in a second survey with the aim of prioritising them. This is open for everyone with an interest to complete. Following this, a day long workshop will be held to finalise a Top Ten list of unanswered questions and will involve patients, parents and carers and health professionals. These questions are then promoted to research organisations to influence future research.

The PSP is planned to last 24 months running from October 2019 and ending in October 2021. The launch of the survey to gather unanswered questions was postponed until September 2020 due to Covid-19, with the aim of ensuring we hear from as many patients, carers and health professionals as possible.

Please find an example list of childhood neurological conditions here.

If you would like to promote the survey via social media, the three accounts that will be used during this time to tag or reference us are: Facebook / Twitter @BPNA_org / Instagram @childneuroconditionssurvey

The James Lind Alliance (JLA) support the PSP as advisers and neutral facilitators, ensuring that the process is followed in a fair, transparent way, with equal input from patients, carers and clinicians and their representatives.

The Childhood Neurological Conditions PSP is funded by the BPNA.

For any questions please contact

For Terms of Reference and Protocol please scroll to the bottom of the page.

Please provide your contact details below if you would like to receive updates about the PSP and stay involved as it progresses.  Tick one or both of the boxes indicating how you would like to stay involved. 




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October 2019

Steering Group and Expert Panel formed alongside the James Lind Alliance

First meeting to start the PSP


November 2019 - January 2020

Agree a Protocol to be submitted to the JLA website

Contact stakeholders (Charities) to be involved in the PSP

Design a questionnaire which will be piloted

Refine questionnaire for official launch


September 2020 - January 2021

Launch survey and publically promote


January 2021 - March 2021

Filter survey replies and categotrise

Identify research recommendations


April 2021 - May 2021

Develop interim prioritisation survey

Pilot prioritisation survey


June 2021 - July 2021

Launch prioritisation survey and publically promote  

Agree final shortlist of questions to take to workshop(s)


August 2021 - September 2021

Schedule date for final prioritisation workshop(s)

Recruit participants

Chair and facilitate with JLA


October 2021

Disseminate workshop(s). Finalise top 10 questions

Submission of full list of workshop questions in order of priority. Engagement summary and engagement summary and question verification form to the JLA for publication on the JLA website

Publish final PSP report


Terms of Reference - Childhood Neurological Conditions Priority Setting Partnership

Protocol - Childhood Neurological Conditions Priority Setting Partnership