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GOSH doctor wins national award

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Media release

18 May 2016

GOSH doctor wins national award

Dr Sophie Bennett is celebrating after winning the Discovery Award at the Young Epilepsy Champions Awards 2016, which took place Wednesday 18 May at The UnderGlobe in London.

The Discovery award recognises significant research or breakthroughs that have led to new thinking or practice, which could make a life changing difference to children and young people with epilepsy and their families.

Dr Bennett is a Clinical Psychologist at Great Ormond Street Hospital and is also doing her PhD at UCL Institute of Child Health in the Population, Policy and Practice Programme. Her work improves the mental health and psychological well being of children with epilepsy. She recently published the only review of psychological treatments in children with long-term medical conditions (including epilepsy) to international acclaim. Dr Bennett has developed a new way of screening patients to truly understand their psychological needs and how to treat them accordingly. This approach has had a significant effect on the day-to-day function of these children and the feedback has been hugely positive. Many families say that it was the first time they had been asked about their child’s emotional or behavioural problems and been offered support. Dr Bennett has been tireless in her effort to support, supervise and train colleagues in the successful treatment of children with epilepsy.

Now in its fourth year, the Young Epilepsy Champions Awards celebrate the achievements of those living with epilepsy, their families, carers, teachers and support networks. The awards recognise those who are tirelessly fighting discrimination, tackling inclusivity and are facing the daily challenges that living with the condition can bring.

Epilepsy is the most common neurological condition worldwide and affects 112,000 children and young people in the UK. Young people with epilepsy deserve the best possible opportunities and support through life. These awards highlight the importance of creating a better understanding of the condition and, in turn, bring focus on the great work that is going on all across the UK.

Dr Sophie Bennett, Discovery Award winner, said; “It feels amazing to be recognised with the Discovery Award. The families we work with are so inspirational and it’s really nice that we can do something for them. The work I do is part of a team at the Institute of Child Health, it is hugely important to work together and I wouldn’t be able to do it without everybody in that team. We know young people with epilepsy often have other difficulties apart from seizures, they may have problems with emotion or behaviour, we hope to find treatments that work so that we can support them.”

Carol Long, Chief Executive at Young Epilepsy, said; “Congratulations to all of the Young Epilepsy Champions 2016. We have had hundreds of nominations from across the UK and this year the judges had a particularly tough time choosing the winners. Every single winner and finalist are truly inspiring people doing incredible things for the epilepsy community. These awards highlight the importance of creating a better understanding of the condition and, in turn, bring focus on the great work that is going on all across the UK.”

For more information, please visit www.youngepilepsy.org.uk or follow Young Epilepsy on Twitter @YoungEpilepsy, Facebook/YoungEpilepsy or Youtube/YoungEpilepsy.

-ENDS-

Notes to Editors:

To contact Dr Sophie Bennett please contact:

Rowan Walker, Media Manager at UCL This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rachel Twinn, Senior Press Officer at GOSH This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information on the Young Epilepsy Champions Awards, please contact:

Shannon Dixon, Communications Assistant - 01342 831310 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Josh Dibble, PR & Celebrity Manager – 01342 831310 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Young Epilepsy

Young Epilepsy is the national charity working exclusively on behalf of children and young people with epilepsy. With over 100 years of experience we are a leading provider of specialist health and education services. The charity offers support, information, training for health, social care and education professionals and campaigns to improve access to, and quality of, health and education services.

Epilepsy is the most common serious neurological condition in childhood affecting 112,000 people aged 25 and under in the UK. On average one child at every primary school and five at every secondary school will have been diagnosed with epilepsy.

About UCL Institute of Child Health

The UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH) which, together with its clinical partner Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children (GOSH), forms the largest concentration of children’s health research in Europe. The inspirational mission of the UCL Institute of Child Health is to ‘improve the health and well-being of children, and the adults they will become, through world-class research, education and public engagement’. Please visit www.ucl.ac.uk/ich for more information.

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