Neurological Conditions

Dr Zameel Cader, Consultant in Neurology at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust is working with the SCN to support improvements in care for those experiencing neurological conditions.

The focus in on supporting commissioners look at optimal pathways around:
• Headache (new community pathway in Oxfordshire)
• Integrated Neurology Services (community and specialised)


Community Headache Pathway

Based on work undertaken by Zam Cader and Dr Richard Wood on Headache pathway in Oxfordshire, please see below a summary document, presentation and template case for changes which can be used by CCGs when considering their local service:

Headache project summary
Neurology Case for Change
Community headache presentation


The NHS Five Year Forward View offers an opportunity to reform and improve community care for people living with long-term neurological conditions. With over 12 million cases, this has major implications for those who commission and provide services for them.

Thames Valley Strategic Clinical Network (SCN) has launched a new commissioning brief for local commissioners, to help them to improve the services provided in community settings to people diagnosed with a long-term neurological condition.

This report contains information on:

  • Identifying the needs and priorities of people living with a long-term neurological condition and their carers
  • Neurology datasets and benchmarking
  • Delivering integrated care pathways
  • Integrating good mental health into care pathways
  • Technologies to enable community care models for long-term neurological conditions

Documents for commissioners:

Some useful links: