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epilepsy information for GPs

The following information is designed to help GPs in delivering healthcare to people with epilepsy. As well as information about seizures and anti-epileptic drugs, you can find out about our free epilepsy app and our anti-epileptic drugs booklet.

NICE guidelines on epilepsy

Access the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence CG137 
The epilepsies: the diagnosis and management of the epilepsies in adults and children in primary and secondary care.

Best clinical practice for diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy QS26

QS (Quality standard) 26 defines clinical best practice within the diagnosis and management of the epilepsies in adults aged 18 years and over.

QOF indicators for epilepsy 2014/2015

The Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) rewards GPs for the provision of quality care and helps to standardise improvements in the delivery of primary medical services throughout England.

Patient online practice toolkit

From the end of March 2015, all general pactices in England are expected to offer patients the opportunity to make appointments, order repeat prescriptions and view their electronic medical records online.The Royal College of General Practitioners and NHS England have produced a patient online practice toolkit to support GP practices in providing online access.

Annual review template for epilepsy

All adults over the age of 18 should have a yearly review with their GP or an epilepsy specialist. This follows NICE guidelines on the treatment and management of epilepsy.

Our review template (pdf 667 KB) highlights issues to cover during the review and can help identify 'trigger' points for referral back to secondary care. This can be used as a record of the review for you and your patient.

Epilepsy app

Download the free Epilepsy Society smartphone app for iPhone and Android phones. Includes seizure diary and first aid information. Our  epilepsy app aims to enable people to manage and improve their own health via their phone.

Anti-epileptic drugs booklet

This postcard size booklet, updated in March 2014, contains photographs of currently licensed brand and branded generic anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), used to treat epilepsy in children, young people and adults in the UK of brand versions of anti-epileptic drugs.

Order anti-epileptic drugs booklet from our online shop.

Listen to Professor Philip Patsalos, head of our therapeutic drug monitoing unit, talking about the uses and benefits of therapeutic drug monitoring for anti-epileptic drugs.

Epilepsy medication updates

Read the latest news and updates about anti-epileptic medication, including new drugs, name changes, problems with supply of medication and any changes to guidance on taking epilepsy drugs.

Further reading

The following articles (pdfs) are from our magazine Epilepsy Review. The magazine is part of our professional membership.

When AEDs don’t work/ therapeutic drug monitoring Issue Issue 11 Winter 2014/2015
Annual review for epilepsy  Issue 6 January 2013

AEDs under the microscope Issue 4 May 2012
Are you taking the tablets? Issue 4 May 2012
Help taking the tablets Issue 4 May 2012