This page contains the latest info on Epilepsy Action's services.
If you have ordered literature:There will be some delay in posting items out that have been ordered as we will only be sending out orders once per week. Please bear with us for any delays.
Epilepsy Action professional membership allows specialist nurses to access the latest information materials free of charge for your patients.
Your membership also includes the magazines 'Epilepsy Today' and 'Epilepsy Professional' and online access to 'Seizure' journal so you can stay up-to-date with all the latest epilepsy news, views and research.
Vagus Nerve Stimulator (VNS) Programming Guidlines
Produced by nurses representing Adult and Paediatric Services throughout the UK & Ireland - March 2016, these VNS programming guidelines aim to ensure the highest standards of care are provided to patients across the UK and Ireland. The treatment objective is always to find a regime that is safe and comfortable to the patient which maximises quality of life and seizure control.
Supporting nurses who deliver training
Epilepsy Action learning contains video-based resources targeted at school staff, practice nurses, health and social care staff, adults and children with epilepsy and the general public needing awareness of epilepsy first aid
Children's animations designed to help children to understand their condition.
For information about issues with anti-epilepsy drugs please visit our Drugwatch page.
Combined nursing profiles
A new document from NHS employers, giving a profile of all the nursing bands. This will be useful for job matching when a job description is written either for a new post or re-banding. See the document here.
The Epilepsy Alliance is a partnership between Epilepsy Action and the Epilepsy nurse association (ESNA). We aim to support nurses to develop their understanding of epilepsy and their skills in meeting the needs of adults and children with epilepsy.
Epilepsy Alliance plan training designed specifically for epilepsy nurses. Our next course will be 'How to have difficult conversations with patients using shared decision making skills'.
Between 1995 and 2014 Epilepsy Action funded 91 Sapphire epilepsy specialist nurses through its Sapphire scheme. The scheme originated from Epilepsy Action’s 45th Anniversary year in 1995, primarily funding the first year of an epilepsy nurse after which the NHS took over the ongoing costs.
The Sapphire scheme closed in 2014 and funding is no longer available.
The Sapphire Nurse Scheme reflected Epilepsy Action's commitment to improving health care services for people with epilepsy, through the provision of epilepsy specialist nurses working in partnership with funders and health care providers.