Health & Social Care
Epilepsy (awareness level)

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.

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

One day.

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

Staff who work in support or care.

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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