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Published: 28 February 2013

New NICE standards for epilepsy welcomed

NICE has today (28 February) published new quality standards for the epilepsies in adults, young people and children. NICE quality standards describe high-priority areas for quality improvement in a defined care or service area.  They are derived either from NICE guidance or NICE accredited sources, and apply right across the NHS in England.

The new quality standards on epilepsy consist of a prioritised set of specific, concise and measurable statements that, when delivered collectively, should contribute to improving the effectiveness, quality, safety and experience of care for people with the condition.

The quality standard for the epilepsies in children and young people contains nine statements.  These include:

  • Children and young people presenting with a suspected seizure are seen by a specialist in the diagnosis and management of the epilepsies within two weeks of presentation.
  • Children and young people with a history of prolonged or repeated seizures have an agreed written emergency care plan.

The quality standard for the epilepsies in adults also contains nine statements, including:

  • Adults having initial investigations for epilepsy undergo the tests within four weeks of them being requested.
  • Adults with epilepsy are seen by an epilepsy specialist nurse who they can contact between scheduled reviews.

Amanda Cleaver, Communications and Campaigns Manager at Epilepsy Society, said: 'Epilepsy Society welcomes these quality standards which recognise the importance of getting a correct diagnosis, optimum treatment and the role of the epilepsy specialist nurse in patient care.'

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