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Epilepsy Care and Management - 15 credits - 2016/17 Entry

Course Overview

The essential course information

Course Code:
City South

This course runs on the following dates:

Tutorial Based - Contact tutor for dates

This is an e-learning module.

Epilepsy is the fourth most common chronic neurological condition, but is often misinterpreted and misunderstood, largely because of the social stigma attached to epilepsy.  Hopkins and Irvine (2012) note that the provision of epilepsy care in England remains variable and access to epilepsy specialist nurses is inequitable NICE (2012) suggests that this results a service which is generally poor in quality, with high rates of misdiagnosis, poor seizure control, ineffective use of drugs and lack of information to patients.

This module is designed as an introductory module to epilepsy care and as such, will not cover every aspect of epilepsy and its treatment/management.  The module will however provide you with sufficient knowledge of epilepsy and its management in order to improve the diagnosis, treatment and support provided to people with epilepsy.

We have a Disability Tutor who can help and support you.

Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) rating

The Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme is a system in which you can accumulate the credits and build them towards recognised awards, if you so wish. This single module course provides 15 Level 6 (Degree level) credits.

This module could count towards a Top-Up Degree

Learn more about our top-up degrees

Course Details

Epilepsy touches many people’s lives either personally or professionally and the aim of this module is s to develop the health care professionals’ knowledge of epilepsy and it’s management in terms of the following:

  • Neurophysiology and relevance to epilepsy
  • Incidence, causes and triggers of epilepsy
  • ILEA Classification of Seizure types
  • Nurses' role in diagnosis and consequences of misdiagnosis
  • Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD)
  • Advice on lifestyle implications
  • Status Epilepticus
  • Epilepsy Syndromes
  • Treatment and Management of Epilepsy

The module requires completion of a number of workbooks and activities - dynamic participation in these will enhance your learning and help you prepare for your assignment.  As with all academic modules, additional reading and research will be required to enable you to achieve the following learning outcomes of the module:

  1. Explain the neurological basis of epilepsy for a specific service user and critically evaluate its relevance to epilepsy care
  2. Distinguish between specific seizure types, differentiate between true seizures and non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD) and critically analyse the consequences of the misdiagnosis of epilepsy
  3. Critically analyse the causes and triggers of epilepsy for specific individuals and provide a critical analysis of management strategies to meet the needs of individuals presenting with varying seizure types
  4. Critically examine the social and psychological implications for individuals who present with severe epilepsy and explore the support required by service users

The module is completed as distance learning and is entirely an on-line experience with the exception of tutorials which are arranged to suit the student. These can be arranged face-to-face, through email, telephone or Skype 

Assessment Methods

The assignment consists of a 3000 word essay and aims to enable you to demonstrate your understanding of epilepsy and its management. In order to do this, you should select a service user that you have worked with who has epilepsy and base your discussion around this case study.  Experience of working with people who have epilepsy is therefore essential.

Entry Requirements

  • Experience of working with people who have epilepsy
  • Registered nurse or other health professional

Application Details

Please read the 'Online application and enrolment process' and 'Method of payment' information below before making your application.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form instead.

Online application and enrolment process
  1. Complete an online application form via the link. The form requires you to submit a completed authorised funding form which must be uploaded with the application. Alternatively, you can download a hard copy application form.
  2. When your submitted application form has been processed and approved, details of the module and enrolment details will be sent to the email address stated on your application form.
  3. You will be sent an email asking you to complete your online pre-enrolment. This must be completed before you enrol.
  4. Without proof of funding, you will not be able to complete your enrolment/receive online pre-enrolment email.  The funding form must be received within four weeks of the enrolment date; otherwise you will be withdrawn from the course.

Please submit your application as early as possible. We aim to give you a decision within two weeks of receiving your application. Please note that NHS Trust application deadlines may differ from our own and you should check with your NHS Trust training/education contact for confirmation of their deadlines.

Please ensure that you include full details of your qualifications and relevant work experience as part of your application.

Method of payment

The method of payment of your course fees will differ depending on whether you are a self-funding, sponsored or contracted/commissioned applicant. Definitions are provided below and you must choose the appropriate option when prompted. If you are unsure which funding method applies to you please consult your training/education contact in your NHS Trust prior to applying:

1) Self-funding

You are paying for the course and responsible for the fees.

Select 'Self Funded' when making your application.

2) Sponsored

Course fees are paid directly by the employer/NHS Trust which means we invoice your employer/NHS Trust to obtain payment.

To apply for this course you must download and complete the CPD Sponsorship Agreement Form, and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Sponsored (eg employer, NHS Trust, charity)’ when making your application’.

Download Financial Support Form Instructions

3) Contracted/Commissioned

The NHS Trust agrees with HE West Midlands for your course fees to be paid directly to the University from funds managed by HE West Midlands for pre-agreed programmes.

To apply for this course you must obtain a contracted/commissioned financial support form from your Trust contact and upload the completed form and submit it with your application. The upload facility is available in Section 3 of the application form: Fees and Sponsorship.

Select ‘Funded by HE West Midlands (Contracted/Commissioned)’ when making your application.


Fiona Rich, Module Leader, 0121 202 4525