One in four school nurses lack confidence in epilepsy support
New research from the National Children’s Bureau (NCB) which shows that a significant number of school nurses in England do not feel confident in supporting pupils with epilepsy.
On average, one child in every primary school and five in every secondary school are affected by the condition. However, a quarter of school nurses only feel somewhat confident or not very confident in supporting those students, and almost one fifth say they have no experience of managing epilepsy.
Nearly all school nurses indicated that high workloads and limited time and resources affected their ability to support children with long term health conditions. School nurses supporting fewer schools felt more confident in supporting children. Those who worked more frequently with other community health professionals were also more likely to feel confident in providing support.