Learning disabled

Covid, common sense and compassion

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young, looks at the new Covid-19 restrictions. Also, how people with a learning disability, who are living and being cared for in supported accommodation have been largely forgotten during the pandemic.


Sleep seizures

Sleep seizures explained

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee provides information on how to detect sleep seizures.


Programme for Government

Programme for Government 2020-2021

  Our Policy and Campaigns Officer, Rona Johnson looks at the recently published Programme for Government 2020-2021 and some key aspects that Epilepsy Scotland are particularly interested in.


Epilepsy

Living with epilepsy for nine years

  Maggie was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was just nine years old and has been living with epilepsy for nine years. Here she shares her experiences and what she would say to someone who has been recently diagnosed.


Emergency medication

Status epilepticus and emergency medication

  Our Training Manager, Nicola Milne looks at status epilepticus, when a seizure becomes a medical emergency and provides information on what is emergency medication.


Fundraising

Returning to work as a Community and Events Fundraiser

  We are delighted to welcome back our Community and Events Fundraiser, Kerry Reich from maternity leave and furlough. Kerry shares her experiences of the last 19 months and the changing times in fundraising.


Welfare Rights Officer (Glasgow based)

  Salary: £27,500 Hours: Full time or option for 28 hours (with salary pro rata) Closing date: 28 September 2020 – 4.30pm Job description and Personal Specification. Expected interview date: Mid October


Social care

Appreciation vs Value vs Worth

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young, looks at the “Show You Care” report which shows that the Scotland’s social care is on a cliff edge.


Work

COVID19: returning to work safely

  Our Policy and Campaigns Officer, Rona Johnson provides information published by The Scottish Government for workers and employers returning to work during the COVID19 pandemic.


Epilepsy and driving

Epilepsy and driving: Legal requirements

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee looks at epilepsy and driving and what legal requirements need to be met before being able to drive again.


Epilepsy Warriors Foundation and Epilepsy Scotland

Lesslie Young, Chief Executive   With COVID-19 changing the way we live in so many ways we need to focus on the positives. Epilepsy Scotland has seen an increase in people participating in our services since we moved to virtual delivery. Some people are more comfortable taking part from the comfort of their own home … Continued


Epilepsy

Having epilepsy whilst working and studying for a MBA

  Graham Loan was diagnosed with epilepsy in 2017. However, his diagnosis hasn’t stopped him from forging a successful career and has provided him with different opportunities at work which has allowed him to learn new skills and has led to a recent promotion. Here he shares his story.


School

Returning to school with a diagnosis of epilepsy

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young looks at children and young people returning to school with a diagnosis of epilepsy and how well a teacher understands the condition can make an enormous difference to their return to school experience.


Social prescribing

How social prescribing helps people with epilepsy

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young provides information on the concept of social prescribing, which seeks to address people’s individual needs including areas such as mental health and social support.  


Emergency medication

First aid for more complicated epilepsy

  In the final part of our first aid for seizures blog series, our Helpline and Information Officer Stuart Macgee looks at first aid for more complicated epilepsy.


Q&A with Jason Leitch

Q&A with Professor Jason Leitch

  Epilepsy Scotland Chief Executive, Lesslie Young asked your questions regarding epilepsy and coronavirus to Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director for Scotland.


Sodium Valproate

Sodium Valproate – a time for action not words

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young looks at The Cumberledge Review into the avoidable harm to women through the use of Primodos, pelvic mesh and Sodium Valproate and whether an apology from the government is enough.


Atonic and tonic seizures

First aid for tonic and atonic seizures

  In part two of our first aid for seizures blog series, our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee looks at first aid for tonic and atonic seizures.


Work

Employment – a consistent barrier for people with epilepsy

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young looks at how gaining employment is a consistent barrier for people living with epilepsy and how Epilepsy Scotland will continue to do everything we can to ensure people with epilepsy are never held back by their condition when trying to reach their full potential.


First aid

First aid for tonic-clonic and absence seizures

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee will be looking at first aid for seizures as part of a new blog series. Part one looks at first aid for tonic-clonic and absence seizures.


Fundraising

Latest COVID19 update from our CEO, Lesslie Young

This update was written in advance of our First Minister’s review of Phase 1 of the Scottish roadmap. I am sure we are all keen to see the easing of more restrictions and a return, albeit cautious, to a more natural way of day to day life. During times of great uncertainty, it is wise … Continued


Volunteers

Thank you to our amazing volunteers

  Our Chief Executive, Lesslie Young highlights the importance of our amazing volunteers who make a huge difference in so many areas of Epilepsy Scotland’s work.


Buddy volunteers

Importance of our buddy volunteers

  Our Wellbeing Manager, Vicki Burns looks at the importance of our buddy volunteers who play an essential role in our breathing & relaxation and support groups.


Volunteer

Why I volunteer for Epilepsy Scotland

  This week is Volunteers Week and we are sharing some stories of people who volunteer for Epilepsy Scotland. Today board member Ross Bennet shares how he became involved with Epilepsy Scotland and what he has gained from volunteering.


COVID19 report

Epilepsy and COVID19 report

  Our Policy & Campaigns Officer, Rona Johnson provides results to our survey looking at how COVID19 has impacted people with epilepsy.


Staying safe with epilepsy

Staying safe with epilepsy

  Our Helpline & Information Officer, Stuart Macgee looks at ways you can stay safe whilst living with epilepsy and still be able to do the things you love and have independence.


Low mood

Epilepsy and low mood

  Our Wellbeing Worker, Bruce Shiell looks at epilepsy and low mood and ways in which you can change how you think and feel.


Memory

How I try and improve my memory

  Epilepsy Scotland’s volunteer, Alan McMaster shares how a combination of epilepsy and a brain haemorrhage has affected his memory.