EPIC - Supporting children and young people with epilepsy in Gloucestershire

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The Paediatric Epilepsy Service in Gloucestershire

We currently have approximately 500 children and young people in Gloucestershire with epilepsy. The paediatric epilepsy service consists of two paediatricians with a specialist interest in epilepsy and an epilepsy nurse specialist.

Purpose of EPIC

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1. Counselling - to provide short term mental health care for children and young people diagnosed with epilepsy.

2. Patient and peer support groups.

2. Equipment - to provide specialist diagnostic equipment

4. Information - to provide written information and resources.

Goals of EPIC

Children and young people with epilepsy are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression than their peers. The 2gether Trust provides mental health services to the county for children and young people through the Children and Young People Service, however the demand for their services increases year on year.

The main purpose of EPIC would be to employ a part time mental health worker to work specifically with the Paediatric Epilepsy team in the county. They would provide initial mental health assessments, short term intervention counselling and identification for the need of referral to CYPS for ongoing work.

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There are many ways which you can fundraise for EPIC, whether you enjoy bake sales, sponsored activities or organised social events, there's something for everyone. For more inspiration, get in touch today with the fundraising team at fundraising@glos.nhs.uk.

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