Epilepsy - e-Learning for Healthcare
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  • East Of England Clinical Networks

About the Epilepsy programme

The East of England Clinical Network has commissioned these Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare 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.

Epilepsy

More information

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.

The objectives of this project are:

  • To improve the confidence of GPs in supporting people living with epilepsy in general practice.
  • To ensure that GPs understand the role of primary care in the support of people living with epilepsy.
  • To improve the quality of patient annual reviews.
  • To ensure the patient’s condition is as well controlled as possible, thereby reducing the incidence of SUDEP and unplanned admissions.
  • To improve the quality of life for people living with epilepsy by improving the management of their seizures, directing them to support from third sector organisations as well as information on employment, benefits and driving, taking a more holistic approach.
  • To raise awareness of the psychosocial issues people living with epilepsy can experience.
  • To ensure that those who are not well controlled or who require neurologist input are referred back in to secondary care in an expedient manner.
  • To ensure that women of childbearing age are well supported if they are considering starting a family or to prevent unplanned pregnancies.
  • To ensure that women who are pregnant receive excellent antenatal and postnatal care.

Meet the team

  • Victoria Doyle

    Victoria Doyle

    Quality Improvement Manager, East of England Clinical Network
  • Jody Deacon

    Jody Deacon

    Quality Improvement Coordinator, East of England Clinical Network
  • Greg Rogers

    Dr Greg Rogers

    Author
  • Max Damian

    Dr Max Damian

    Author, Reviewer
  • Andi Blackmore

    Project Manager, e-LfH
  • e-LfH staff - Neha Baj

    Neha Baj

    Content Development Lead, e-LfH

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.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies