Healthcare Professional Survey 2021


HCP Survey v2 2021

Our Healthcare Professional Survey 2021 is designed to assess clinicians’ knowledge and practice in the diagnosis and management of Spontaneous Intracranial Hypotension (SIH) caused by spinal cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) leak. The survey will be used to inform the development of national consensus guidelines for non-experts on the investigation and management of SIH.

This is a uncommon condition, so we expect participants will not have expertise in this area, and knowledge of SIH is not required to complete the questionnaire. All questions should be answered independently and based on current knowledge, without discussion with others or reference to literature. Responses will be anonymous.

Before proceeding please check the following:

  • You currently work in the UK healthcare system.
  • You work in one of the following specialities: neurology, radiology, neurosurgery, spinal surgery, anaesthetics, general practice, emergency medicine, headache specialist nursing.

If either of these don’t apply to you, please do not proceed with the survey.

Completion of the survey takes about 10 minutes. You can take a break at any point, save your responses and return to answer more questions later.

Extended response deadline: The survey will remain open until midnight on 22 August 2021.

Thank you for choosing to participate in this survey and supporting our charitable aims.

If you have any questions regarding the survey please contact:

Data Protection

We won’t store any contact details and all data submitted in response to the survey will be stored, handled and processed in strict accordance with our data protection policies and provisions of GDPR. If you would like to discuss any aspect of how your data may be used or handled, or view a full copy of our data protection policy, please contact:

CSF Leak Patient Survey March 2021



The CSF Leak Association is currently working with a multi-disciplinary group of clinicians who are committed to the development of a national consensus guideline for the clinical management of Spontaneous Intracranial hypotension (SIH) to improve and standardise spinal CSF Leak patient care throughout the UK.

Patient involvement is an essential part of guideline development and with that in mind we are conducting an on-line survey  during March 2021 to learn more about your personal experience of the diagnosis, treatment and management of SIH.

To find out more about the survey or to take part in it, please click here:

Website User Survey 2021


Our current website has had over 1 million viewers and visitor numbers continue to grow. It’s been a great resource since it first went online in 2014 and has contributed significantly to the availability of quality CSF leak information to patients across the UK and beyond.

As our work continues to progress and expand, we need to make sure the website is fit for the future and able to continue to serve us all. We really need your help to do this. We would love to get your feedback on the existing site and what you’d like to see on the new one.

Please take part in the short survey by clicking the following link:

The more input we get, the better we can make our new home on the internet!

The deadline for submissions is or or before the 19th February 2020.

CSF Leaks at the London Marathon 2020


CSF Leaks at the London Marathon 2020We are absolutely thrilled to announce that the CSF Leak Association has been allocated a place and will be running the world famous London Marathon in 2020.

This is a wonderful opportunity at a global event to bring attention to cerebrospinal fluid leaks, focus the spotlight on our cause and raise much-needed funds.

Representing us on this challenge will be seasoned runner, Claire Secker, whose husband, Russell, experienced a CSF leak in 2019. Both he and Claire have got stuck in with the charity and are determined to use their experiences and skills to help others.

Claire Secker is running the London Marathon 2020 for the CSF Leak Association

Claire Secker is running the London Marathon 2020 for the CSF Leak Association

Here’s Russell talking a little about his journey:

“Prior to May 2019, I was suffering from a severe CSF Leak. I developed frontotemporal dementia, and was descending into madness. My wife Claire cared for me as I became less and less able to function, advocated for me to the medical profession, and found a brilliant neurosurgeon in Los Angeles who operated on my spine and fixed my leak. Dr Schievink And his team saved my life.

When we had our discharge meeting with Dr Schievink a week after my surgery in May 2019, he told us that most CSF Leak “survivors” don’t stay involved with the leaker community once their illness has been fixed. We both told him that going forward we wanted to help to support sufferers and help to educate the medical profession in the UK.”

This is a wonderful opportunity for the CSF leak community and we’re determined to capitalise on it to the max. Please help us to raise awareness of CSF leaks and spread the word by supporting Claire today.

We hope that you will tell all of your friends and family and share the fundraising page far and wide. Whilst daily living is a marathon in itself for a great many CSF leak sufferers, we can be there in spirit with Claire, willing her along!

Send Claire and Russell a message of support, spread the word and help raise vital funds for CSF leaks here:

London Marathon Route Map

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