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Epilepsy Awareness


This course covers all the necessary information from the understanding epilepsy course and then looks at the best practice techniques for delivering buccal and nasal midazolam.

This course adheres to the best practice guidelines for training professional carers in the administration of Buccal (oromucosal) Midazolam for the treatment of prolonged and/or clusters of seizures in the community, provided by the Epilepsy Specialist Nurses Association (ESNA) and endorsed by the International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE).

Learning Outcomes

This course will support participants to understand:

  • Causes of epilepsy
  • Differential diagnosis
  • Types of epileptic seizures (epilepsy symptoms and signs of epilepsy)
  • Seizure Triggers
  • Treatment
  • Implications of epilepsy
  • First aid guidance for managing seizures
  • Emergencies and when to call 999

The course will also help you understand the principles and safety aspects which relate to the administration of emergency midazolam, using both the buccal and nasal routes. You will learn how to act within the guidelines of the individual care plan/protocol. You will be shown the practical procedure of administering these medications.

This course is assessed and will certify the individual as having:

  • a good basic understanding of what epilepsy is
  • awareness of the more common types of epilepsy
  • an understanding of first aid guidelines for seizures including the appropriate use of emergency medication
  • the practical procedure of administering buccal/nasal Midazolam
  • an awareness of the legal and practical implications of administering emergency medication

This course is certificated and valid for 2 years.

Who Should Attend

For staff caring for someone with epilepsy who has been prescribed emergency midazolam.

Course Length

This is a full day face to face session.

Venue: The Practice Development Base - 8 Wellington Square, Ayr, KA7 1HA


How to book

South Ayrshire Council Employees

This course can be booked through Book and Go on COAST, visit:


NHS Ayrshire & Arran Employees

All NHS staff within SA HSCP, should copy and paste the following link onto their browser and enter where they will be directed to COAST. This link should be used anytime NHS wish to access COAST therefore it would be advisable that this is saved to favourites.

On entering you will have two options; to Register or Login, in the first instance all NHS staff must register their details, simply their name and email while creating a memorable password.  An active email address must be used as all booking confirmations, information and links will be sent to this address.