NEW NICE GUIDANCE PUBLISHED - Epilepsies in children, young people and adults (NG217)

This guideline covers diagnosing and managing epilepsy in children, young people and adults in primary and secondary care, and referral to tertiary services. It aims to improve diagnosis and treatment for different seizure types and epilepsy syndromes, and reduce the risks for people with epilepsy.


This guideline is for ...

  • Healthcare professionals in primary, secondary and tertiary care
  • Commissioners, providers and voluntary organisations
  • People with epilepsy, their families and carers

and includes recommendations for ...

  • Referral, assessment and diagnosis
  • Information and support
  • Principles of treatment, treating epileptic seizures, and treating childhood onset epilepsies
  • Non-pharmacological treatments
  • Status epilepticus, repeat or cluster seizures, and prolonged seizures
  • Managing comorbidities
  • Reducing the risk of epileptic-related death
  • Referral to tertiary services
  • Epilepsy specialist nurses and transitions from children's to adults' services


If you have a special interest or expertise in this area, and would like to write a short review for APCP about this guidance or present a webinar to explain and discuss the recommendations and how they apply within paediatric physiotherapy, please contact

The full guideline and supporting documents can be found on the NICE website, together with a visual summary of the recommendations and an information for the public.

APCP is grateful to Jenny Chapman and Nicola Birchall who collated and submitted comments on behalf of APCP members on the the draft guideline. 




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