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This page is about National Epilepsy Week 2014. Please visit the National Epilepsy Week 2015 page for information about the next #epilepsyweek.

The focus of National Epilepsy Week 2011 (15-21 May 2011) was information. This is about making sure people affected by epilepsy have everything they need to make informed decisions about their health and lifestyle.

What happened during National Epilepsy Week?

Epilepsy Action Radio day

As part of National Epilepsy Week, we broadcast a 12 hour online radio day. It featured a wide range of programmes with lots of information about epilepsy, how to live with it and how it affects people.

Listen again - Programme schedule

Time Programme

Wake Up with Mark and Aimee

Music and chat, all along an epilepsy-theme.  Includes an interview with Rabbi Lionel Blue.

Pre-show music: 'The Annual New England Xylophone Symposium' by DoKashiteru.  Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) licence

Songs played during the show [mp3s]:

Extra items we didn't have time to play:


Inside The Music Room

Author William Fiennes shares his favourite passages from his acclaimed novel 'The Music Room' and talks about how the book has allowed him to raise awareness of epilepsy.
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Epilepsy and Women

We take a look at the specific issues that affect women with epilepsy, from puberty and pregnancy to the menopause


A Man’s World

Do men talk about their epilepsy? We look at sex, relationships, fatherhood and everything else that come with being a man with epilepsy.


Your Rights

What are your rights when it comes to employment, benefits and social care and how can you access the right support? We explore your experiences and ask those in the know for expert advice.


Afternoon Phone-In

Your burning questions about epilepsy: call in and talk to staff from Epilepsy Action’s helpline team


The Doctor Will See You Now

A look a health services across the UK: how will NHS reform affect services for epilepsy, what’s going on with the Service Development Directive in Wales and how good are services in Northern Ireland and Wales? We talk to clinicians and people with epilepsy about their experiences and predictions.


Afternoon play

A young girl's world is turned upsidedown when she starts have 'funny turns' following a head injury. Follow her journey to diagnosis in Diagnose it Yourself, written by Nina Gray and performed by actors from the Ilkley Players in West Yorkshire.


Driving Epilepsy up the Agenda

Why doesn’t epilepsy have the same profile with politicians and departments of health and education as other neurological or long-term conditions? We explore the barriers to raising the profile and how we might overcome them.


What’s the Alternative?

When the drugs don’t work, what else is there? Look at the ketogenic diet, as well as less mainstream treatments such as homeopathy.


Clarrie’s Story: a Social History of Epilepsy

How attitudes to epilepsy have changed over the last 100 years, through the eyes of one fictional character.



By young people, for young people. Coping with epilepsy growing up and through your teens.


Epilepsy and Education

Achieving your potential: how can education establishments best support people with epilepsy? Pupils and students, parents, teachers and special educational needs coordinators share their views.


Epilepsy Action around the UK

What are we up to? We speak to branches, volunteers and Diamond projects we have funded


Epilepsy in the Media

How is epilepsy portrayed in film, on TV and in the news and how does this shape public opinion? And is it ever ok to make jokes about epilepsy? We talk to those involved about the issues.


The Future of Epilepsy

The research that could revoluntionise our understanding of epilepsy and whether stigma can ever be broken down.


A round-up of the day’s highlights

Final song played [mp3]: Dave Biro: 'Full Esteem Ahead'

Podcast terms and conditions

By downloading the podcasts you are agreeing to the following terms and conditions:

  • Our podcasts are designed to give people information about epilepsy-related issues. They are for information purposes only. We do not give medical advice.
  • We try and make sure that our podcasts are up-to-date and as accurate as possible at the time of production. We accept no responsibility for any error or omission. We are not liable for the results of any action you take based on the information in the podcasts.
  • The podcasts protected by copyright laws, and are owned by Epilepsy Action. You may download and listen to the podcasts for your own personal use. If you want to use the podcasts or the audio in the them for any other reason, you must seek Epilepsy Action's permission.
  • We are not responsible for the content of websites we mention in the podcasts.
  • We do not recommend any of the products mentioned in the podcasts, unless indicated. Comments and content provided by guests on the podcasts reflect their individual views and Epilepsy Action can not held accountable for them in any way. It should not be assumed that Epilepsy Action agrees with or endorses any guest just because we allow include the guest in the podcast.

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