Learning Disability Nursing Award finalist: Learning Disabilities Epilepsy Service

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Learning Disability Nursing Award finalist: Learning Disabilities Epilepsy Service

NHS Fife

John Toland created a learning disability epilepsy service from scratch after identifying an absence of specialist care in hospital and the community. Clinics are provided across Fife so patients can access services easily, and the team offers home visits and bespoke outreach work when needed. Appointments are longer to allow for additional communication needs, information is made accessible for patients and there is consistency in clinic settings. The team has a holistic approach, taking account of the persons needs, their state of health and epilepsy condition in the context of their living circumstances, to ensure patients are able to lead as independent a life as possible.

Picture credit: Mike Wilkinson

The Learning Disability Nursing Award is supported by Learning Disability Practice and sponsored by Cambian.



Cambian is one of the largest providers of specialist behavioural health services in learning disabilities, autism, mental health rehabilitation, education, acquired brain injury rehabilitation, impaired hearing and, more recently, childrens residential care, fostering and specialised services for children experiencing sexual trauma. Our passion focuses on positive outcomes for the individuals we provide support and services to. Our nurses are critical in their delivery of care and support to ensure these outcomes can be achieved resulting in the highest possible quality of life.