Dr Manuela Fontebasso

GP with special interest in headache and author of ‘Migraine and other Headaches’


Dr Manuela Fontebasso describes herself as a Headache Specialist, Headache Educational Facilitator and author.

Manuela has worked as both a General Practitioner, GP Trainer, Hull York Medical School Senior Clinical Tutor and as a GPwSI in Headache at York Hospital until she decided to step back from clinical practice in August 2013.

Since then Manuela has focused on her special interest in headache in facilitating educational sessions for clinicians and patients alike. Manuela continues to use her training and mentoring skills as a GP Appraiser for the Yorkshire and Humber team.

While working at the York Headache Clinic she felt fortunate to work with an MDT team that included a Specialist Nurse, physiotherapist and psychologist. She was supported by a consultant neurologist.

Manuela has just finished updating an educational module for doctors.net on spotting the sinister headache, that has been rated highly by those completing it.

Manuela has written articles for local newspapers and a wide range of medical publications including Prescriber and the BMJ.

Manuela has been invited to appear on local and national television and local and national radio to answer questions about headache and the impact it has on the individual.

Manuela has lectured nationally and internationally on the subject of headache and been involved in a variety of working groups looking at service needs and service development. This included a visit to the WHO to consider how to reduce the impact of headache as a cause of disability.

Manuela has facilitated educational sessions for GP’s, nurses, community pharmacists and neurologists. She has had a close working relationship with Migraine Action, Migraine Trust and OUCH UK. As a result of her involvement she has been invited to patient information days around the country talking about a wide range of topics including the diagnosis and treatment of headache, and how to manage hormone dependent headache.

Manuela has also been involved with the British Association for the Study of Headache (BASH) and Headache UK who are committed to raising profile of headache and ensuring that people who experience headache are offered the most appropriate treatment.

Manuela has also written a book called Migraine and Other Headaches that comes highly recommended by both Migraine Action and the Migraine Trust. It has a Q & A format that can be dipped in to when needed. Interestingly it has been translated in to Portuguese for the Brazilian market.


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