Developing Clinical Guidelines for both Primary and Secondary Care


The epilepsies: the diagnosis and management of the epilepsies in adults and children in primary and secondary care


The NICE epilepsy clinical guideline covers the diagnosis, treatment and management of epilepsy in children, young people, adults and older people. The guideline makes recommendations for treatment and care provided by GPs and by specialists.

It also makes recommendations about when someone should be referred to a specialist centre (a clinic or unit with particular experience and expertise in investigations or treatment of epilepsy that is difficult to diagnose or treat – sometimes called a tertiary centre).

Special considerations concerning the care of women with epilepsy and people with learning disabilities are covered.

Responsibility for undertaking a review of this guidance at the designated review date has passed to the National Clinical Guidelines Centre for Acute and Chronic Conditions (NCGCACC). The National Collaborating Centre for Primary Care is no longer active.

Full guidelineGuidance documents