Epilepsy Commissioning Toolkit

We have partnered with Epilepsy Society to create the Epilepsy Commissioning Toolkit to help commissioners provide better health services for people with epilepsy.

The toolkit provides commissioners with all the information they need to ensure high quality services for the 500,000 people living with epilepsy in England.

The Epilepsy Commissioning Toolkit has 9 sections which give practical examples based on experience. It provides well-known tools and information plus new interactive tools. Commissioners will be able to calculate local populations of people living with epilepsy, create business cases and access an epilepsy specialist nurse impact tool to track outcomes.

We have worked with nine clinical commissioning groups, healthcare professionals and people living with epilepsy to provide a toolkit to help improve services for people with epilepsy.

The toolkit has gained endorsement from the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the Association of British Neurologists and is also being championed by previous NHS England National Clinical Director for Adult Neurological Conditions, Dr David Bateman.

Within the Epilepsy Commissioning Toolkit there are links to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance

NICE commissioning guide for the diagnosis and management of the epilepsies in adults, children and young people
NICE guidance for commissioners focusing on improving the diagnosis of epilepsy and ensuring that diagnosis and treatment are both confirmed and reviewed as necessary.

CG137 Epilepsy: baseline assessment
An Excel spreadsheet which can be used to help meet the recommendations.

Guide to commissioning booklet

A downloadable resource giving advice and information for commissioners:

Better Value, Better Care - Your Guide to Commissioning in Epilepsy

The ‘Better Value, Better Care’ booklet looks at why epilepsy care services should be commissioned and what effective commissioning involves. Tools such as a service specification checklist, audit checklist and case studies of good practice are also provided.

Guide to writing a business case for an epilepsy specialist nurse service

This guide aims to help NHS managers write a business case to develop an epilepsy specialist nurse (ESN) service.

Epilepsy Action’s report ‘Best care: The value of epilepsy specialist nurses’ states that ESNs undertake a wide range of valuable, mainly patient-related activities in various settings. In the absence of ESNs this work would either fall to consultants or simply be overlooked.

Guide to writing a business case for an epilepsy specialist nurse

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