Welsh Government publishes plans to improve epilepsy care
The Welsh Government has put forward proposals to improve care for people with neurological conditions like epilepsy.
The Welsh Government has published a new document that proposes how the NHS, local authorities and the third sector can improve care for people with neurological disorders like epilepsy.
In consultation as of October 30th, the new Neurological Condition Delivery Plan “focuses on making a difference to neurological patients’ lives”, according to NHS portal Health in Wales.
It outlines six steps that ministers believe should be taken in order to improve the quality of service offered to people with conditions like epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and muscular dystrophy, which collectively affect more than half a million people in the country.
These actions include efforts to raise awareness of neurological conditions, steps that ensure diagnoses are made in a timely fashion, provisions for “fast and effective” care, and support for patients that allows them to manage their symptoms and live as independently as possible.
Welsh Government health minister Mark Drakeford said the plans would ensure everyone affected by some kind of neurological disorder has access to care “irrespective of where they reside and whether these services are delivered through hospitals or in the community”.
“I strongly believe that by setting out this framework of expectations, we can achieve high quality care and improved population outcomes for people with a whole range of neurological conditions,” he added.
David Sissling, chief executive of NHS Wales, explained that many people in Wales are affected by the likes of epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease, which “can have a very serious and lasting impact” on their lives, as well as those of their families and carers.
“It is vital that the response of the NHS is timely and effective,” he argued, saying that the new Delivery Plan would provide much-needed guidance, clarifying the requirements of medical professionals, local authorities and third-party organisations alike.
“The NHS cannot do this alone. It must work with partner organisations in the public and voluntary sector,” Mr Sissling commented. “By focusing on quality and outcomes we will be able to deliver the improvements we all want to achieve.”