What is it about?

There is an increased demand for Epilepsy Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS) due to the increasing complexity and number of people in the UK with an epilepsy diagnosis. Without epilepsy CNS support, various studies show that people with an epilepsy diagnosis can feel stigmatised. Hospital admission, treatment costs and risks relating to epilepsy increase significantly without the support of effective diagnosis, management and monitoring. Furthermore, due to recruitment gaps, developing new Epilepsy Clinical Nurse Specialists is vital in practice to future proof and expand epilepsy clinical services.

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Why is it important?

Utilising an epilepsy CNS development programme ensures a high level of specialised training, knowledge and skill in the long term which is beneficial to patients and also helps to retain Epilepsy CNS by providing continuous professional development and equipping nurses with the necessary knowledge and skills to deliver specialised care. By investing in education and training, healthcare systems can ensure a competent and skilled workforce of Epilepsy CNS.

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This page is a summary of: Evaluating an epilepsy clinical nurse specialist development programme, British Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, February 2024, Mark Allen Group,
DOI: 10.12968/bjnn.2024.20.sup1a.s6.
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