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Epilepsy: Nurses

Volume 464: debated on Tuesday 9 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many specialist epilepsy nurses there are; and what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of their work. (155637)

The annual workforce census does not separately identify specialist epilepsy nurses from the rest of the nursing workforce.

Since 1997, there has been an increase of almost 80,000 qualified nurses employed in the national health service in England, and the number of training places for nurses and midwives has risen by 51 per cent. This will increase the pool of nurses from which nurses specialising in epilepsy can be drawn.

No assessment has been carried out centrally. It is for local trusts in partnership with local stakeholders to determine how best to use their funds to meet national and local priorities for improving health and to commission services accordingly, this includes provision of specialist nursing posts.