Epilepsy Interest Group

Chair: Dr Simon Taggart, Consultant Neurophysiologist, South Tees NHS Foundation Trust

Due to a substantial reduction in funding for the Clinical Networks this year, we have been directed to focus on a reduced number of national priorities. Neurological conditions is not one of our 2016/17 priorities and as such we are unable to provide administrative or project management support to the Epilepsy Interest Group.

We want to take this opportunity to commend the work of this group between the period 2013 – 2016 and we have compiled a document of their achievements which is available via the link below. The group continues to meet and contacts can be provided if required.

Neurological Conditions Legacy Document


Epilepsy was identified as a local and national priority for the NHS and was one of the areas the Strategic Clinical Networks were tasked with looking at. As part of this, and reflecting on similar successful approaches for other therapeutic areas, we brought together stakeholders from areas involved in epilepsy management. Regionally we are already quite advanced in many ways with the excellent annual North East Epilepsy Research Meeting. The Epilepsy Interest Group will take more of a clinical focus and it is envisaged the group will meet once or twice per year, bringing everyone together, to drive improvements and excellence in epilepsy services in our area.

The group has been divided into six sub-groups:

  • acute management
  • chronic management
  • non-epileptic attack disorder
  • research / audit
  • mental health
  • transitions

Useful Links

Guidelines for the Management of First Seizure in the ED

E-referral system in development (HSCIC – currently in testing phase)

Option grids for surgery in epilepsy and pregnancy in epilepsy (stopping anti-epileptic drugs is currently in development, due for completion Spring 2015)

Public Health England paper ‘Making reasonable adjustments to epilepsy services for people with learning disabilities’

Clinical Standards Advisory Group (CSAG) report: ‘Services for patients with epilepsy’

Best care: the value of epilepsy specialist nurses

Epilepsy QOF data 2013-14

Fingertips – PHE Neurology Profiles


29 September 2015Download
Meeting Minutes
29 September 2015Download
NESCN seizure paper Download
SCN Epilepsy Pathway DevelopmentDownload
SCN NASH Clinical Report North EastDownload
Other Documents
Feedback from 3 March 2015Download