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Sapphire Nurse Scheme

Epilepsy Action has supported the introduction of epilepsy specialist nurses (ESNs) into the health service across the UK since 1995, through the Sapphire Scheme. Please note that applications are now closed for 2014 and the funding has been allocated for this year.

Business plan

We have developed guides to writing a business plan and supported nurse posts through work to evidence the value of the epilepsy specialist nurse role.

A good practice guide is also available, which looks at the development of the multidisciplinary team and the value of the specialist nurse.

ESN Competency Framework

The adult epilepsy specialist nurse competency framework sets out the educational and professional criteria for nurses wishing to become an epilepsy specialist nurse. A competency framework for learning disability epilepsy nurses is also available


There is a regularly updated section of vacancies.

Sapphire nurse for epilepsy commissioning

For information on Juliet Ashton, the new Sapphire nurse for epilepsy commissioning, see the article in our online magazine, or go straight to her information on the Neurological Commissioning Support (NCS)  website.

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