Course Profile

Course Profile: Epilepsy - Good Practice (1 Day)
The course will provide learners with information regarding the causation and treatment of Epilepsy and the knowledge that is required to safely manage seizures. The course is not only practical but also focuses on holistic approaches to supporting people with Epilepsy, including longer term support.

The course is informed by Person Centred principles, the Epilepsy Risk Awareness Checklist (RCN), NICE clinical guideline 137.
The course is informed by and provides some underpinning knowledge for
NHS KSF: Core 3.2, HWB 2.2, 4.2, 5.2, 6.2
CIS: 7.1, 7.2, 7.4, 7.5, 8.2.1, 8.4.2
QCF: HSC026, 027, 2004, 2028
The course is designed for all Health & Social Care workers at all levels in all settings.
The course will assist the organisation to deliver CQC Outcome 1, 2 & 4.
Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

• What is Epilepsy and the different types of Epilepsy
• What is a seizure and the different types of seizure
• What ‘causes’ Epilepsy (Epilepsy and Diagnosis)
• The relationship between Epilepsy and Learning Disabilities
• Possible triggers of seizures and warning signs indicating that a seizure is imminent (aura)
• What happens during a seizure and risks presented during seizures (Health and Safety issues)
• Assessing risk and planning for the management of risk
• How to respond during a seizure, including medical response if necessary
• Why it is important to record details of the seizure: changes that affect risk, information for doctors
• What to record: Time, Duration, Context, Severity, Changes etc.
• The use of medication and Anti-epileptic medication and any neurological implications
• The experience of the individual-what might it be like having Epilepsy e.g. coming to terms with lifelong medication
  dependency
• How life and personality might have been shaped by the condition and may impact on self confidence, motivation etc.
• Stigmatisation and helping the person to overcome external negative experiences as well as internalised feelings and thus
  grow and develop
• Understand your duty of care in supporting a person who has Epilepsy
• Available resources and help
Training methods utilised include Tutor presentations, PowerPoint, Large & small Group Work, Handouts, Exercises and Quiz, Chalk & Talk.