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IPU welcomes funding of Towards Selfcare in Headache

IPU welcomes funding of Towards Selfcare in Headache project under Sláintecare Integration Fund

  • IPU will deliver this project with the National Clinical Programme for Neurology and the Migraine Association of Ireland

20 September 2019: The Irish Pharmacy Union welcomes the announcement that the Towards Selfcare in Headache project has been funded under the Sláintecare Integration Fund. The successful applicants to the €20 million Fund were announced on 16 September.

The Towards Selfcare in Headache project was submitted by the National Clinical Programme for Neurology (NCPN). The NCPN, in partnership with the IPU and the Migraine Association of Ireland (MAI), will deliver this innovative approach to headache self-management. The Headache Pathway was originally proposed in the National Clinical Programme for Neurology published in 2016. The evidence-based care pathway for headache seeks to improve headache outcomes and reduce hospital visits and costs. The pathway seeks to reduce reliance on secondary care by harnessing existing resources within the community network to support recently diagnosed patients. It also promotes a programme of self-care and self-management for those with chronic headache.

The programme will include educational sessions for pharmacists by the IPU, MAI and NCP Neurology.

The IPU is delighted to be involved in this programme, which highlights the importance of the community pharmacist in migraine management. Many migraineurs can self-medicate without the advice of their local pharmacist, which can lead to an increase in medication overuse. Further information on the programme will be available from the IPU as it progresses.