The British Association for the Study of Headache (BASH) is the United Kingdom national society member of the International Headache Society (IHS) and the European Headache Federation (EHF).

Membership is open to all health care professionals with an interest in headache. All members of BASH are automatically members of IHS and receive its journal, Cephalalgia, as benefits of membership. We work closely with other UK headache groups.

The Association was founded in 1992 by Dr TJ Steiner, The Princess Margaret Migraine Clinic, Charing Cross Hospital, London and was incorporated in 1998.

As in all limited companies, the management of BASH is in the hands of a Board of Directors, which is known as Council. The members of Council are also the Trustees of the Charity, and have responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Association.

Sub Committees

There are currently three sub committees of BASH:

  1. Paediatric sub committee– Chair, Abu Arafeh
  2. General Practitioner with a special interest sub committee – Chair, David Kernick
  3. BASH Guidelines sub committee – Chair, Fayyaz AhmedAnish BahraAlok TyagiStuart Weatherby

We are currently working closely with the Migraine Trust to support the development of headache service delivery from both clinical and organisational perspectives.

In the educational field, we provide programmes of continuing education for all healthcare professionals.  A regular meeting in Stoke is targeted at neurology specialist registrars and general practitioners with a special interest in headache.

We are also working to develop a research agenda and a number of projects are complete or underway.  Evidence based primary care guidance for imaging brain tumour has been published and guidance for headache in sport has been submitted for publication in the peer reviewed literature.

Finally, we work with other headache groups in the UK under the umbrella organisation Headache UK.  Through this we support an all party parliamentary group on headache which seeks to raise the profile and improve headache services.

Registered address

Dr. Fayyaz Ahmed,
Department of Neurology,
Hull Royal Infirmary,
Anlaby Road, Hull,