Introduction to Epilepsy Care and Management - Module

  • Course Code: LBR6579, LBR7529
  • Level: CPD
  • Starting: January 2020
  • Study mode: Short Course (3 months)
  • Location: Online Learning

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.

What's covered in the course?

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.

This is an e-learning module.

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  • An opportunity to examine your practice critically
  • A strong focus on current issues and an emphasis on the practical application of knowledge
  • Flexible study options – chose to study over one or more academic years
  • Each module has a bespoke "Moodle" based website which contains all module documentation, handouts, links to key documents and supplementary articles of interest
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  • Excellence in delivering high quality standards of flexible and bespoke academic provision for post qualifying practitioners
  • Links with healthcare providers

Credits

This course is worth...

20 credits

Fees

This course costs...

£680 per 20-credit module

This course is not open to International students

UK or EU students

Award Start Mode Duration Fees
Module Jan 2020 SC 3 months £680 per 20-credit module

International Students

Sorry, this course is not available to international students.

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Entry Requirements

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

Level 6

Module Description
20 credits

This module is delivered as a standalone optional level 6 module on the professional Practice programme. It is designed to introduce clinicians to epilepsy care and provide a grounding of sufficient knowledge of epilepsy and its management in order to improve the diagnosis, treatment and support provided to people with epilepsy.

This module aligns with the Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. It is delivered entirely online and aligns with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and engage in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feedforward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module leader.

Level 7

Module Description
20 credits

This module is delivered as a standalone optional module on the professional Practice programme. It is designed to introduce predominantly graduate clinicians to epilepsy care and provide a grounding of sufficient knowledge of epilepsy and its management in order to improve the diagnosis, treatment and support provided to people with epilepsy.

This module aligns with the Programme philosophy and is designed to be flexible and practice-led. You will have the opportunity to develop skills of enquiry, reflection and problem solving. It is delivered entirely online and aligns with the university’s learning and teaching strategy. You will be encouraged to think critically and engage in both directed and self-directed learning activities. You will be an active partner in your own learning and development and in return you will receive regular feedback and feedforward aimed at developing your academic skills, and have the opportunity to discuss your progress with the module leader.

Course structure

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
  • The new ILEA [2017] 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:

Level 6 learning outcomes

  • Identify specific seizure types and differentiate between true seizures and non-epileptic seizures
  • Provide a critical discussion of appropriate management strategies as applied to a case study of the student's choice
  • Provide a critical examination of the social and psychological implications for individuals who live with severe epilepsy and support required to address these needs
  • Analyse research findings and national guidance related to epilepsy care 

Level 7 learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate an ability to interpret specific seizure types and differentiate between true seizures and non-epileptic seizures
  • Critically appraise and justify appropriate management strategies as applied to a case study of the student's choice
  • Provide a critical exploration of the social and psychological implications for individuals who live with severe epilepsy and support required to address these needs
  • Critically appraise research findings and national guidance and apply to epilepsy care 

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.

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Fiona Rich

Senior Lecturer

Fiona is a registered nurse for people with learning disabilities with over 30 years’ experience and a specialist interest in epilepsy care. She has worked in nurse education for over 20 years in a variety of roles. Fiona also has an interest in developing virtual learning tools to develop the skills of all nurses in supporting people with learning disabilities in a wide range of health care settings.

Fiona’s previous roles included supporting people with profound and multiple learning disabilities, many of whom had difficult to treat epilepsy.  She also has experience of working in specialist epilepsy clinics for people with learning disabilities.  Other areas of interest included developing the role of the Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the field of learning disabilities.  

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