WQ83621 (e) Tabled on 18/10/2021

What plans does the Welsh Government have to improve epilepsy services across the country?

Answered by Minister for Health and Social Services | Answered on 26/10/2021

The Welsh Government is continuing to work with the Neurological Conditions Implementation Group (NCIG) to improve services for all those with neurological conditions across Wales, including epilepsy.

In March, we published the National Clinical Framework (NCF). The NCF describes how clinical services such as epilepsy should be provided over the next decade and how we can better support system planning and quality improvement.

The NCF is supported by a range of tools and enablers including quality statements, which set out high level policy intentions and describe the standards and outcomes expected of clinical services. We are currently working with the NCIG to develop a quality statement for neurological conditions.

In addition, the NCIG is currently working with the Value Based Health Care team to develop a data dashboard for epilepsy, which will help to support business cases for developing services for people with epilepsy going forward.   Discussions around the addition of neurological conditions including epilepsy on the national dashboard as a way of monitoring services and identifying inequalities (such as number of Epilepsy Specialist Nurses and caseloads) are also underway.