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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.

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We found:

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.

Glossary of terms

  • Health and wellbeing boards – are made up of local people and organisations. They plan how best to meet the health and care needs of people in their area.
  • Clinical commissioning groups (CCGs)  are made up of GPs. They organise the planning and buying of the majority of local health services.
  • Joint Strategic Needs Assessments (JSNAs) – are reports made by health and wellbeing boards to that set out the health and social care priorities of people in the local area.
  • Written needs assessments (WNAs) – are reports by CCGs to describe the current services in place to manage medical conditions in the local area.
  • Healthwatches – are groups who represent people who use health and social care services.
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Sunday 12 October 2014 - 21:04

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