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We contacted health and wellbeing boards and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) across England to find out what plans they have in place to ensure good health services for people with epilepsy. These are the local organisations responsible for planning and buying health and care services.
Health and wellbeing boards
Only 22 per cent (just over one in five) of health and wellbeing boards said their Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) include a section on epilepsy. This means only 30 out of 140 health and wellbeing boards in England say they are making plans for people with epilepsy. We looked at the content of the 30 JSNAs, and only 10 per cent (only three) had provided us with evidence that they were making plans for people with epilepsy. This means that epilepsy is not set out as a healthcare priority for the majority of areas in England.
Clinical commissioning groups
Of the responding CCGs, 157 of the 204 (77 per cent) stated that they had not produced, and had no plans to develop, a written needs assessment of the health and social care needs for people with epilepsy.
Use our maps to see what your local health and wellbeing and CCG told us about their plans for epilepsy. Click on your local area to ask your CCG and health and wellbeing board to sign up to our Pledge of action.
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