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Epilepsy nurse training and bursaries


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 Fiona MacKinnon, programme leader f.mackinnon@napier.ac.uk. Tel 0131 455 5673

Event Date: 
Friday 14 October 2016

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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Event Date: 
Friday 14 October 2016


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 2018. You must have a confirmed place on the 2018/19 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 1 May 2018

Applications close on 17 July 2018

Applicants will be notified if they have been successful or unsuccessful by Monday 13 August 2018.

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

Event Date: 
Friday 14 October 2016
Event Date: 
Wednesday 14 September 2016

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