Epilepsy nurse training and bursaries

Distance learning

Distance learning - Edinburgh Napier University

Distance learning

Graduate certificate in the care of people with epilepsy and BSc option-rich programme

The Graduate certificate in the care of people with epilepsy course is suitable for all nurses and healthcare professionals within primary care, secondary care and the voluntary sector working with people who have epilepsy.

This programme will only be delivered as a part time option by distance learning. You will complete three compulsory 20 credit modules:

  • NMS09147 Diagnosis and management of epilepsy
  • NMS09146 Management of psychosocial issues in long-term conditions
  • NMS09152 Work based learning

The programme is offered over 3 trimesters. The course starts annually in September.

A variety of online teaching strategies including guided reading, online lectures and online discussions are designed to enhance the learning experience by encouraging you to engage with the material in a meaningful way.

Fees for 2016/17 for home and European Union students are £305.00 per 20 credit module, so £915.00 in total.

Further information can be obtained from the university website or contact Ian Stables, programme leader i.stables@napier.ac.uk. Tel 0131 455 5673

Paediatric course

Epilepsy: Diagnosis, Description, Management and Disability Course

Course on laptop

Sheffield Children's NHS Foundation Trust is working in partnership with the British Academy of Childhood Disability (BACD) to offer this course.

Audience: Any professionals who work with children and young people and wish to improve their knowledge and understanding of epilepsy
Duration: Approximately four months distance learning
Cost: £350 / £300 BACD members

Course content

This course is developed from unit 4 of the Paediatric Neurodisability Diploma and provides in-depth training in the assessment, description and management of epilepsy and associated conditions.

After completing the course you will be able to:

  • Understand what the epilepsies are and are not, what causes them, how to accurately describe them and to integrate these elements into clinical practice
    • be able to distinguish epilepsies from other similar conditions
    • understand some theories about the underlying mechanisms of epilepsies
    • be able to classify most seizures, epilepsy syndromes and their aetiology, using the ILAE 2017 classification system
  • Assess and manage children and young people with epilepsies
    • be able to investigate and start treatment appropriately
    • be able to look for and manage conditions associated with epilepsies, working with the multidisciplinary team
    • be aware of and know how to use protocols for managing status epilepticus
  • Make informed judgements within this area of paediatric disability, knowing when to ask for help and when to refer on
    • understand the principles of drug treatment and when to refer for more specialist advice
    • understand the principles of surgical management and which children and young people to refer
  • Critically evaluate local health services and identify gaps
  • Contribute to service development and present a case for this
  • Provide effective, relevant and evidence-based advice for colleagues in education settings, parents, carers and lay people who may support children and young people with epilepsies
Application information

Cost: £350 / £300 BACD members

Registrations are accepted all year round.

Epilepsy Course – leaflet (284 KB)

Epilepsy Course - application form (105 KB)

For further information please contact Course Manager Mary Colclough on 0114 226 0614.

Short course

Short course

University of Birmingham
'Epilepsy – An Introduction'

The aim of this module is to provide you with an introduction to current developments in the understanding and treatment of epilepsy. The module covers the epidemiology, morbidity and mortality of epilepsy; the classification, causes and aetiology, and the basic principles of human epilepsy. It considers the medical, psychological and social consequences of having epilepsy and the varying needs of different social groups as well as the role of individual members of the health team in managing epilepsy.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module you should be able to:

  • Describe the epidemiology, morbidity and mortality of epilepsy;
  • Describe the classification of human epilepsy;
  • Understand the basic neurochemistry and neurophysiology of epilepsy;
  • Describe the causes and aetiology of human epilepsy;
  • Know the wide differential diagnosis of seizure-like disorders;
  • Describe the methods of investigation of seizure activity including the importance of proper description and observation;
  • Describe the basic principles of treatment of human epilepsy; Describe the medical, psychological and social consequences of having epilepsy;
  • Understand that people with epilepsy who are children, adolescent, elderly or women have different needs;
  • Understand the role that different members of the health team have in managing epilepsy.

Module Dates

3 days of block teaching – 26, 27 and 28th February 2019


One 1,500 word essay


This module can also be taken as a stand-alone course if required. To apply, please contact Angela Oakley, Postgraduate Administrator, 0121 415 8118, clinicalneuro@contacts.bham.ac.uk

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Unfortunately, we have been unable to secure funding for the Nicola Pickard bursaries in 2020. We hope that funding may be possible for 2021. Please check back here for further updates.

The bursary is in memory of Nicola Pickard who sadly died in 2008 following complications during childbirth. Throughout her professional life, Nicola was passionate about helping people with epilepsy. She worked as an epilepsy specialist nurse before working for GlaxoSmithKline. Latterly, she worked for LivaNova as the Senior Area Manager (UK and Ireland).

Epilepsy Action and LivaNova offer funding for nurses who wish to undertake professional development in epilepsy.

Nicola Pickard Bursary

To apply for a bursary

Two Nicola Pickard bursaries will be awarded in 2019. You must have a confirmed place on the 2019/20 graduate certificate in the care of people with epilepsy distance learning course run by Edinburgh Napier University before applying for the Nicola Pickard Bursary. You must be a UK resident working in the NHS or delivering an NHS service through a voluntary sector organisation.

For eligibility of the Nicola Pickard Bursary plus full details of how to apply please read the applicant guidance notes at the beginning of the application form.

Applications open on Friday 3 May 2019

Applications close on Thursday 18 July 2019

Applicants will be notified if they have been successful or unsuccessful by Monday 12 August 2019.

If you have any questions when completing this form, please contact Peri O’Connor on 0113 210 8779 or poconnor@epilepsy.org.uk.

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