Education, training and resources

Emergency medication administration and epilepsy awareness training

Our specialist epilepsy team run training days twice a year. For information on dates, costs and how to book, please e-mail UHS.epilepsysupport@nhs.net.

The course is delivered by experienced epilepsy nurse specialists, and is designed to meet the Epilepsy Nurse Association (ESNA) best practice guidelines (2019). ESNA is a professional organisation whose membership consists of nurses and other health professionals working to support people with epilepsy in the fields of adults, learning disabilities and paediatrics.

Information for carers and care managers

You can access training packages and information from the national organisations listed at the bottom of this page. Some patients, however, will require emergency medication and your staff will need additional training to be able to administer this.

Course content

Epilepsy awareness

  • What is epilepsy? Causes, diagnosis, seizure types, treatment options, first aid and ‘status epilepticus’.
  • Sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP).
  • Care plans, risk assessments and recording seizures.
  • Interactive case studies prompting discussions regarding: sources of information and support, stigma, psychological/psychiatric/psycho-social issues and cultural awareness.

Emergency medication administration

Buccal midazolam will always be covered. In addition (dependant on the needs of the group) we can also cover clobazam, lorazepam, rectal diazepam, rectal paraldehyde and the use of the vagal nerve stimulator magnet.

The session will also cover:

  • medications - different preparations, doses and storage/disposal
  • when to use, side effects and what to do if not effective
  • individual emergency plans
  • duty of care, responsibility and accountability.

Assessment of learning

It is recommended that all staff complete and pass an assessment of learning which will be taken at the end of the session. Please let us know if this is not required.

A certificate of attendance will be provided. 

Other sources of information and advice

The national epilepsy associations are also a very good resource for information and advice.

Provides online information and e-learning packages for health professionals, teachers, carers and parents.

Provides online information and e-learning packages for health professionals, carers and patients.

Provides online information for health professionals, carers and patients.