Supporting and caring for people with epilepsy

The course takes:
2 hours

Access the course online from any
computer or tablet

Cost: £30

Course overview

This course is designed for people who support or care for people with epilepsy.

It aims to give you the knowledge and skills you need to work effectively with people with the condition.

Epilepsy is a common neurological condition that affects around 600,000 people in the UK.

People with epilepsy have the tendency to have recurrent seizures. However there are many different types of epilepsy and epileptic seizure, that affect people in different ways. There may also be additional aspects of the condition that can affect a person’s wellbeing and daily life.

If you are working with service users with epilepsy, you may need to do a number of things. For example, you will need to know what to do if they have a seizure, and how to keep them safe during different activities. You may need to use their epilepsy care plan to inform your care, complete risk assessments, or record their seizures. You may also need to support them to take medication, or understand how their epilepsy affects others aspects of their daily life and wellbeing.

It is vital that people working with service users with epilepsy have the skills and knowledge they need to deliver safe, person-centred care.

This course has been produced under the terms of Epilepsy Action’s information quality standards.

Updated | March 2019

To be reviewed | March 2022

Course aims

By the end of this course, you should:
  • Have a basic understanding of what epilepsy is, and how it is diagnosed and treated
  • Know how to recognise a seizure, and what to do
  • Know how to record seizures
  • Be able to interpret an epilepsy care plan
  • Be able to put safety measures into place to keep people with epilepsy safe
  • Understand how epilepsy can affect wellbeing
  • Understand what you need to do to support someone taking anti-epileptic drugs

What does it involve?

All of the interactive course materials can be accessed online from a computer or tablet with internet access.

The course takes around 2-3 hours to complete. You can work through the course at your own pace. You will record your progress as you work through the materials.


There are no specific entry requirements for this course.

Bulk discounts are available for 5 or more licenses. 



At the end of the course, you will take a multiple-choice test to check what you have learned. You can take this test as many times as you like.

If you get a score of 70% or higher, you will be awarded a certificate for your CPD records.