Paediatric epilepsy care
In the early 2000s paediatric neurologists and the British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA) realised that there were shortcomings in the standard of care in the treatment of children with epilepsy. It was clear that many children with epilepsy in the UK were treated by paediatricians with no specialised training in epilepsy. And appalling as this finding was, it was even worse in many other countries, some of which have only a handful of specialists to serve millions of patients.
In the UK guidelines for the diagnosis and treatment of epilepsy in children had been published but it was clear that following a series of investigations, reports and surveys that there was a significant gap between these guidelines and every day practice. It was realised that something had to be done to raise the standard of care, and Paediatric Epilepsy Training (PET) was introduced.
The BPNA established three courses for both generalists and specialists who look after children. The model they developed for the UK has now been rolled out across the world. Between 2005 and 2014, the UK experienced dramatic improvements in paediatric epilepsy care. If you’re interested to know how this was achieved then you can read more here: