Health & Social Care
 
Epilepsy (awareness level)
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>>AIM
Participants will have a basic knowledge and understanding of epilepsy, how it may affect service users and an awareness of the treatments/medications commonly used. They will also be able to act appropriately in emergency situations.

>>OBJECTIVES
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain what epilepsy is
  • Describe the different types of seizure
  • State how they would recognise these
  • List at least 4 causes and 5 common risk factors associated with seizures
  • List at least 5 factors which may trigger seizures
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the different treatments which are available
  • Explain why it is important that they know each individual service user's care/support plan & treatment regime regarding their epilepsy
  • State their responsibility to the service user who is experiencing a seizure
  • Describe what they would do in case of an emergency where a service user was experiencing a tonic-clonic or convulsive seizure
  • State when it would be appropriate to dial 999

>>DURATION
One day.

>>PARTICIPANT NUMBERS
This course should be run for groups of up to 12.

>>DESIGNED FOR
Staff who work in support or care.

>>CONTENT
The contents of this course will incorporate issues of equal opportunities and anti-oppressive practice to assist participants in understanding and challenging all forms of discrimination.

  • Working in partnership with service users as unique individuals
  • Treating people with dignity & respect
  • Common myths, misconceptions
  • How the brain works
  • What happens to the brain in epilepsy?
  • Causes of epilepsy
  • Symptoms
  • Triggers
  • Diagnosis
  • Treatments
  • First Aid
  • Risk Management / Seizure Management Plans / Support Plans / Epilepsy Charts / Recording
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