Epilepsy in People with Learning Disabilities course for GPs
This session describes how to provide a high standard of care to patients with learning disabilities and epilepsy, including the assessment and management of seizures in primary care and their impact on patients and families.
This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in February 2022.
By the end of this session you will be able to:
- recognise the impact of epilepsy in the learning disabilities (LD) population
- recognise the effects of epilepsy on patients with learning disabilities, their carers and others
- recognise the behavioural issues associated with epilepsy
- identify the role of GPs, learning support services and other specialists in providing care for people with LD who have epilepsy
Before commencing this session you should complete the following module:
- Introduction to learning disabilities in the community (400-0180)
Dr Iain White, a former GP, worked for many years in Moray and the Highlands to care for people with learning disabilities, and helped establish the Ladybird developmental group in Lossiemouth. He began working at New Craigs Hospital in 2000 as an Associate Specialist in Learning Disabilities and latterly became a Locum Consultant in Learning Disabilities.
Sadly, Dr Iain White died in October 2009, shortly after completing his e-learning session on epilepsy in people with learning disabilities. For many years, Iain championed the care of those with learning disabilities and his dedicated work in this area will benefit many thousands of patients and their families for many years to come.