Epilepsy Champions take pride of place at parliamentary launch
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Epilepsy Champions take pride of place at Parliamentary launch.
Thirty one staff from Surrey and Sussex schools who trained to become
Epilepsy Champions as part of a new scheme run by Young Epilepsy are being thanked today at a launch held at the House of Commons.
The staff took part in a pilot scheme organised by Young Epilepsy and the Tandridge Confederation, which covered 21 schools and 7000 pupils, around 50 of whom have epilepsy.
The report on the pilot’s results is being celebrated at the official reception hosted by Young Epilepsy’s local MP, Sam Gyimah.
In 2009, each of the 21 schools school taking part chose one or more members of staff to become their
epilepsy champion. The staff then received free training from Young Epilepsy and went back to work with their colleagues to revise school policies and procedures on supporting with pupils with epilepsy.
As a direct result of the pilot programme, three young lives have already been changed for the better. Two young people have been referred for assessment while, in another case, a staff member attended a consultant’s appointment with a pupil with epilepsy. The extra information provided led to a change in medication.
Champions for Childhood Epilepsy campaign manager Alan Cruickshank said:
These teachers and staff have championed childhood epilepsy in their schools and we are hugely grateful for their hard work and to Sam Gyimah for hosting this reception.
The feedback the staff provided has helped us refine the Champions for Childhood Epilepsy campaign as we roll it out nationally.
The pilot phase of our campaign, which covered a small proportion of young people with epilepsy, changed three young lives - just imagine what it could achieve across the country. That’s why we hope decision makers will see the benefits of the scheme and give it their full support.
Sam Gyimah MP said:
I am delighted to be supporting Young Epilepsy and the
Epilepsy Champions from schools in the East Surrey area. Their efforts to raise awareness of childhood epilepsy and to improve support for young people with the condition across the UK are hugely valuable.