Distance Learning in Paediatric Neurology

Unit 12: Headache

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Headache in all its forms represents the commonest neurological condition experienced by children and young people. Reduction in quality of life can be significant but many patients fail to get adequate help for this problem.

This unit will equip you with the knowledge you need to navigate your way between the many primary and secondary headache types, and show you how to manage them effectively. You will learn about the neurobiology of headaches, how you can classify them using clinical assessment, and when and how to investigate them further. You will focus on different types of common primary and secondary headaches such as migraine, tension-type headache, chronic daily headache, shunt-related headache and idiopathic intracranial hypertension. There is material on how to frame discussion with patients and their families, followed by a section on how to treat and prevent headaches. Finally, use the ‘headache clinic’ section to test out and reinforce what you have learned.


This Unit contains 24 hours of study, divided into the following sections:

  Study hours
1. Headache: clinical evaluation and classification 4 hours
2. Primary headache disorder pathophysiology 4 hours
3. Headache interventions 4 hours
4. Primary headache disorders 4 hours
5. Secondary headache disorders  4 hours 
6. Headache clinic 4 hours
Total study hours = 24 hours


You can begin studying this Unit at any time and work through it at your own pace. There are no time limits to finish the Unit. If you spend about 4 hours per week on this course, you will complete it in 6 weeks. When you complete the unit, please send it to us and we will check that all 3 star activities have been completed and will issue a CPD certificate for the number of hours shown above.

Who is this Unit for?

The Headache Unit is particularly suitable for:

  • General Practitioners and GP Trainees
  • Consultant Paediatricians and Paediatric Trainees
  • Consultants in Paediatric Emergency Medicine and Emergency Medicine Trainees
  • Pain specialists
  • Consultant Paediatric Neurologists and Paediatric Neurology Trainees
  • This unit complements the BPNA 1-day Children's Headache Training course


The course materials are delivered via a dedicated website. On receipt of your application we will register you and send your username and password to access your unit. All the activities and required papers are available for you to download from the course website. 


Fees must be paid at the time of registering. You can register online and pay your fee by credit/debit card or request an invoice be sent to your place of work (you will need a purchase order number from your hospital for this option). The cost of this Unit depends on the country in which you are working.  

  • High income countries = £170 
  • Low & middle income countries = £57


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