The ILAE British Branch GP Society was formed in 2006 to formalise the work of an increasing number of UK general practitioners involved in offering epilepsy care.
This proved to be a timely development as GP Commissioning and a drive to increase 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 general practitioners with special interests (GPwSIs) in epilepsy and pharmacists with a special interest [PHwSI] was produced following input from this GP Society, the council of the ILAE British Branch and the RCGP. It was approved by the Department of Health and from 1 April 2009, GPwSIs who are actively providing a service must be accredited by their PCT.
The ILAE British Branch offers membership to all GPwSI in epilepsy care, either in their own practices or employed by PCTs or health boards.
Aims of the GP Society
The purpose of the GP Society is to offer a forum for members to learn from each other and to disseminate good practice. It is also there to act as a national organisation that can work with other professional bodies and health service strategists to enhance and improve community based epilepsy care. The provision of care for people with epilepsy in the community is one of the main focuses of the society and we look to explore together new ways to operate such a service effectively.
An educational meeting is held once a year and there is an open session at the national ILAE British Branch Annual Scientific conference. We also have an email distribution list for matters of interest.
Anyone who would like to find out more or indeed would wish to join, should email the Membership Secretary at the ILAE British Branch. The society would like to thank the ILAE British Branch council and Juliet Solomon for their invaluable hard work on behalf of the society.
Chair, ILAE British Branch GP Society and GP representative on ILAE British Branch council, Dr Richard Hills