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Epilepsy12 report launched

Epilepsy12 report launched

Added: 20 September 2012, 13:41

A UK-wide audit shows variation in care for children with epilepsy.

The first UK-wide audit of paediatric epilepsy services, led by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health  with contributing patient organisations including Epilepsy Scotland, reveals variation in care for children and adolescents with epilepsy.  

Funded by Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS), this report examines the provision of healthcare for children against 12 standard measures found in national epilepsy guidelines.  

These cover expert professional input, assessment and seizure classification, investigation tests and epilepsy management and treatment.  Scottish units performed well in the audit and overall Scotland came top or joint first for six of the 12 indicators.  Despite national recommendations, less than half of children in the audit saw an epilepsy specialist nurse.  Only 11 of the 15 Scottish paediatric epilepsy units taking part had an epilepsy specialist nurse.   

For more information please read the Royal College’s press release  or read the full report or read our own press release.