Since 2006, the UK Chapter
of the ILAE formed a new society for GPs. This was created to formalise
the work of an increasing number of British general practitioners
involved in offering epilepsy care. This has proved to be a timely
development to support GPs look after people with epilepsy as GP
Commissioning and a drive to increase the provision of community
based care has in many areas seen the development of epilepsy care
being made available even closer to home for people with epilepsy.
A competency framework for GPwSI and indeed Pharmacists with
a Special Interest in Epilepsy [PHwSI] was produced following
input from this group, the UK Chapter ILAE Council and the RCGP.
It was approved by the Dept of Health and from 1 April 2009,
general practitioners with special interests (GPwSI’s) who are
actively providing a service must be accredited by their PCT.
The society offers membership to all GPs with an interest in
epilepsy care, either in their own practices or employed by PCTs
or health boards as GPs with a special interest in epilepsy (GPwSI).