GP epilepsy care to come under scrutiny
Every GP practice will be expected to have a register of patients with epilepsy and set up systems for monitoring at-risk groups after a national audit identified serious shortfalls and concluded nearly half of epilepsy deaths were avoidable.
PCTs have been urged to implement new standards on epilepsy services, published last week by the NHS Modernisation Agency.
The move follows a letter from the Chief Medical Officer Professor Sir Liam Donaldson to PCTs earlier this year that urged improvements in epilepsy services in the wake of findings that 54 per cent of adults and 77 per cent of children received inadequate care in general practice and
PCTs are being told to identify a GP lead for chronic disease development and to ensure GPs are adequately trained in management of chronic diseases.
GPs with a special interest should also be appointed to encourage better links with secondary care.
Practices can earn up to 16 quality points for epilepsy care under the new contract.