Editorial

Epilepsy and supplementary nurse prescribing

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7532.2 (Published 05 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:2
  1. Patricia G Hosking, epilepsy nurse specialist ([email protected])
  1. University College London Hospitals Trust, National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery, London WC1N 3BG
  • Accepted 8 June 2005

The NHS needs advanced nurse prescribers

The scarcity of health professionals for managing epilepsy results in uncontrolled seizures, drug side effects, and psychosocial and physical morbidity.1 2 Of the more than 1000 deaths related to epilepsy in the United Kingdom each year, up to half might have been prevented by optimal treatment.3 Recently, NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) recommended that specialists should diagnose and manage refractory epilepsy and that patients should have access to epilepsy nurse specialists. Moreover, the government has offered general practitioners incentive payments to conduct annual reviews for epilepsy.

In the UK there are more than 350 000 people with …

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