Partnership launch new epilepsy diary to be trialled in Sussex

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An easy read epilepsy diary is to be trialled in West Sussex to help people with learning difficulties who have the condition.

With a diary people with epilepsy and learning difficulties can more easily record their seizures to help neurologists better monitor their condition.

The initiative was revealed at the West Sussex Health Day for People with Learning Difficulties organised by the Learning Difficulties Partnership Board, which is jointly funded by West Sussex County Council and NHS Sussex.

In a keynote speech, Peter Catchpole, WSCC cabinet member for health and adults’ services, spoke of his experience working with people with learning difficulties since 1978.

He highlighted the move of care for people with learning difficulties out of long stay facilities, such as Horsham’s Forest Hospital, to having a key for their own home.

“This is an example of how far we’ve moved in supporting people with learning difficulties who have lived in the community over the last 25 years.

“What’s nice today is to see so many people with learning difficulties who can have their say in the services that they want to see,” he said.

The partnership board is chaired by deputy cabinet member for adults’ services Graham Tyler. Graham said: “This was a really positive and engaging day for carers and for people with learning difficulties.

“It demonstrated what has been achieved for people with learning difficulties in West Sussex by working together with the NHS, the County Council and the voluntary sector.”