Epilepsy Awareness and Administration of Emergency Medication

Location: Rochester Community Hub


Course Aim and Overview

The aim of this 1-day course is to give learners an understanding of epilepsy and how to administer emergency medication.

The course beings with the ‘epilepsy awareness’  programme and continues with the theoretical and practical administration of emergency medications (buccal midazolam and/or rectal diazepam).  It is designed to enable a greater understanding of risk assessment and associated health and safety issues.

The trainer demonstrates the practical procedures and learners have the opportunity to practice these skills in a simulated environment.

The aims of this course are to:

  • Increase knowledge and awareness around epilepsy
  • Provide the underpinning knowledge of emergency medication prescribed for seizures resulting from epilepsy

Target Audience

This course is aimed at staff working in health and social care who provide care for and/or support individuals with epilepsy as part of their roles.  This course may be applicable to staff working in residential care services, domiciliary care services, day centres, community-based services, or as Personal Assistants.  This course may also be useful to unpaid carers who support individuals with epilepsy.

Course Content

  • What is epilepsy?
  • Causes
  • Diagnoses
  • Types of seizure
  • Status Epilepticus
  • Treatments – medications and side effects
  • Risk management and support needs
  • Sources of information
  • What are emergency medications for epilepsy?
  • Use for epilepsy and other conditions
  • Indications for use
  • Routes for delivery
  • Possible difficulties
  • Consequence of too much medication
  • Action if ineffective
  • Risk assessment
  • Individual care plans
  • Storage and disposal
  • Duty of care
  • Legal responsibilities
  • Local policies
  • Privacy and dignity

Learning Outcomes

Part 1 – Epilepsy Awareness

Upon successful completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Give two examples of how the human body can be affected by epilepsy
  • Give two examples of how this can impact on an individual’s life both psychologically and socially
  • Briefly described how epilepsy is diagnosed and treated
  • List three actions you would take to support an individual experiencing a seizure

Part 2 – Emergency Medication

Upon successful completion of this course learners will be able to:

  • Describe safe management including storage and disposal of the medication
  • Briefly describe how the medication works, how it affects the person, what side effects may occur and how to find this information
  • Correctly identify the stages of preparing, checking, administering and monitoring the effects of the drug
  • Explain actions to be taken if there is a problem administering the medication
  • Identify key aspects of policies, procedures and responsibilities related to this medication

Learning Methods

Presentation supported by video clips of different types of procedures.  In the afternoon learners will practice using bottles (water) and applicators for Buccal Midazolam and an imitation bottom for Rectal Diazepam training.


Learners will be asked to reflect on their learning and identify action points to apply to practice.


1 Day (approx.  6 hours)

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