Epilepsy - e-Learning for Healthcare
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About the Epilepsy programme

The East of England Clinical Network has commissioned Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare to develop two sessions to enable colleagues in primary care to better support people living with epilepsy. This was in response to stakeholder indication that such resources were required. The main outcomes are to ensure that GPs have access to a high quality learning module to enable better support for people living with epilepsy and to raise awareness of the whole-person approach to care, resulting in reduced risk of repeat acute admissions and unnecessary deaths within the epilepsy population.

A second course has been added in 2017 in partnership with the charity, SUDEP Action, to enable healthcare professionals, particularly those who are not specialists in Epilepsy, to better understand Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP), how risks can be reduced by healthcare professionals and people with epilepsy, and what is helpful to families after an epilepsy death. The materials in this course have been provided with the kind permission of SUDEP Action and South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. For more information, visit www.sudep.org. The videos have been produced in conjunction with Health and Care Videos, a partnership with Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust.  For more information visit www.healthandcarevideos.com.

Epilepsy

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East of England Clinical Network and NHS England

Approximately 70% of people diagnosed with epilepsy should be seizure free given the appropriate treatment. Currently it is around 52%. Consequently, 18% of people with epilepsy are currently having seizures when they could be seizure free.

For these people there is a significant impact on their quality of life including driving, relationship difficulties and an increased likelihood of depression. They also have an increased risk of Sudden Unexplained Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). It is vital that all patients are supported well and that this is recognised and reflected between the secondary care consultant, GP and epilepsy specialist nurse where one exists. Due to variability in service provision, many people are not receiving the support they require outside of hospital. This leads to an increased risk of seizures, acute emergency admissions and inadequate support for specific issues such as pregnancy, safety and employment.

It is therefore vital that GPs have access to a high quality learning module to enable better support of people living with epilepsy. Without this resource there is a risk of continued inadequacies in the treatment and care of people with epilepsy. A risk of continued burden on the health care system in terms of repeat and unnecessary acute admissions and risk of continued unnecessary deaths within the epilepsy population, which could be reduced or prevented.

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SUDEP Action

Following the death of Charlie Burns (aged 10) from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) in October 2011, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT) has been working closely with the Charlie’s family and the charity SUDEP Action to create a training package for health professionals about SUDEP. This course was originally launched in 2016 for emergency staff to develop knowledge on SUDEP to support their working with people with epilepsy. The training consists of videos, lesson plans and slides to cover the topic, and can be completed either individually or in a group training session.

Charlie, had his first seizure on 7 October, 2011, and was attended by a paramedic crew who thought it might be a febrile convulsion. Charlie’s mum then took Charlie to see their GP who suggested he might be suffering from nocturnal epilepsy and referred him to see a neurologist. Tragically, before the neurologist appointment took place, Charlie had a second seizure and died four days later, only a few days after his 10th birthday. Charlie’s parent Jan and Barrie, who can be seen throughout the training videos, say “This was an awful situation with Charlie and we want to turn that around in to something positive.  The end result is that we’re hoping, with these training videos, that a significant number of lives are going to be saved.”

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How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Epilepsy programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Epilepsy programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

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