NHS priorities

Whether it’s to prepare for the next Quality Payments Scheme deadline, or to increase your confidence in helping people with a learning disability, this section provides topic-specific pages that link to current NHS priorities. This section will support you in keeping your knowledge and skills up to date in order to provide high-quality pharmacy services and be service-ready.

Clinical pharmacy

Our clinical portfolio is expanding on a frequent basis, helping you to advance your knowledge and skills and deliver medicines optimisation in practice for all sectors of pharmacy. From two new focal points a year to our small group learning for hospital pharmacists – Optimise – this section focuses on clinical pharmacy, diseases and therapeutics.

Public health

The public health agenda is embedded in pharmacy, yet topics such as emergency contraception or stop smoking support are as prevalent as ever. As well as our public health workshops, use this section to access a wide range of resources to assure and maintain your competence, all underpinned by the Declaration of Competence system.



Welcome to the CPPE page on epilepsy, which sets out to introduce you to the resources that CPPE and other websites provide around the topic of epilepsy. As you know, pharmacy plays an important role in working with patients, carers, health and social care teams, and other healthcare professionals to effectively manage epilepsy and associated medicines.

On this page, you will find useful resources to better equip yourself and your team to feel confident when consulting with a person with epilepsy, and their carers. You can access our Epilepsy focal point distance learning programme to learn about the holistic management of epilepsy. You can also check out the neurology floor on theLearningpharmacy.com, access Epilepsy Society resources, or refer to NICE clinical guidance and quality standards. There is a short quiz to get you started, and you can work your way through the rest of the resources to improve the service you provide to people with epilepsy.


To enable pharmacy teams to develop their knowledge and skills in the holistic management of epilepsy, in order to support patients and their relatives and carers more effectively as part of a wider multidisciplinary team.

5h:00m (for events this includes pre and post event learning)

Learning Objectives:

On completion of all aspects of this learning programme you should be able to:
  • list the causes of epilepsy, potential trigger factors and safety risks
  • discuss the principles of epilepsy treatment and the various treatments available
  • provide individualised information for people with epilepsy on concurrent issues such as contraception, pregnancy and driving
  • outline the considerations for children, older people and people with a learning disability who also have epilepsy
  • signpost patients, carers and other healthcare professionals to local and national epilepsy pathways and other additional resources for further help and support.

This guide is for pharmacists working in registered pharmacy premises in the UK, co-produced by Epilepsy Society and Medway School of Pharmacy. It includes information about treatment, seizure types and points to cover with patients taking anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs).


This free epilepsy training course aims to raise awareness about epilepsy and the management of seizures. It looks at the different types of seizure, how they are diagnosed as well as some of the treatments available.

Please note that access requires registration


This e-assessment is linked with the CPPE epilepsy programme and assesses you on the learning objectives within that programme.

Why should I do this assessment?

This e-assessment completes the learning you began with the CPPE Epilepsy focal point programme. Access and successful completion will contribute to your own personal development plan, be recorded in your My CPPE record and will enable you to complete a CPD entry on the learning. It may also provide evidence for achieving competencies in the RPS Foundation or Advanced Pharmacy Frameworks.
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This guideline covers diagnosing, treating and managing epilepsy and seizures in children, young people and adults in primary and secondary care. It offers best practice advice on managing epilepsy to improve health outcomes, so that people with epilepsy can fully participate in daily life.

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This quality standard covers diagnosing, treating and managing epilepsy and seizures in adults (aged 18 and older). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

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This quality standard covers diagnosing, treating and managing epilepsy and seizures in children and young people (under 18). It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

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This article complements the CPPE and RPS Medicines Optimisation briefing on Epilepsy.


Epilepsy Action Learning has a range of online courses and learning resources to help you understand more about epilepsy.

Courses contain information, learning activities, videos and more.

Please note that access requires registration.

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