Children’s Epilepsy Service

The Children’s Epilepsy Nursing Service is responsible for all children with a diagnosis of epilepsy within Central, South and North Manchester. The team consists of three Children’s Epilepsy Specialist Nurses, who work closely with Consultant Paediatricians, Community Paediatricians and Paediatric Neurologists across Manchester.

We are a non-emergency service and can provide advice and support where required – relating to concordance with medication, seizure management and education.

To access the service the child/young person must be aged 0-19 years and be in full time education and under the care of a Consultant Paediatrician or Paediatric Neurologist. Or, young people aged 16-19 not in education but with additional complex health care needs.

Children need to be registered with a Manchester GP and live within the Manchester local authority.

Parents and carers can expect a home visit from the epilepsy nursing team within four weeks of the team receiving a referral. During the initial assessment parents and carers will be given a newly diagnosed epilepsy information pack which contains useful information and contact details for the team.

We also provide school care plans, as part of an initial assessment, to maintain safety should a seizure occur in school or nursery. School care plans are referenced under additional information below.

Referrals are generally received from a Consultant Paediatrician or Consultant Neurologist and must indicate that consent has been obtained from the parent or carer. The child or young person must have a confirmed diagnosis of epilepsy. Referrers should complete a referral form (see link below) and send to – mft.childrensepilepsyteam@nhs.net.

Parents and carers can also self-refer as long as your child has a diagnosis of epilepsy and is under the care of a community paediatrician or neurologist.

The nurse is happy to discuss any issues relating to your child’s epilepsy.  This can be via telephone, home visit or clinic appointment.  We can help determine what support can be offered or direct you to the appropriate service.

To access the service the child/young person must be aged 0-19 years and be in full time education and under the care of a Consultant Paediatrician or Paediatric Neurologist. Or, young people aged 16-19 not in education but with additional complex health care needs.

Referral Form here.

Contact Details:

Children’s Epilepsy Nursing Team
Charlestown Health Centre
Charlestown Road
Blackley
Manchester
M9 7ED

Phone: 0161 741 2032
Email: mft.childrensepilepsyteam@nhs.net

Opening hours

Monday to Friday, 8:00am to 5:30pm.

Page last reviewed: January 2023
Next review due: October 2023