This charter explains your rights and the services you can expect as someone with epilepsy. It has been developed as part of the ‘Targeting seizures’ campaign: focusing on improving seizure control for people with epilepsy – by Epilepsy Society.

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Click on these LINKS (below) to read further information about each area of the Epilepsy Charter (all links open in a new window).


Rights and recommendations

  1. In some cases, the charter lists your ‘rights’ – things that you are entitled to by law. In this case we say ‘you have a right to…’
  2. In other cases, you may not have a legal right, but these are recommendations. In this case we say ‘you should…’
  3. Where we refer to the NHS Constitution or the Information Strategy this is not specific to your epilepsy, and applies to everyone.
  4. Where we refer to the NICE clinical guideline, this is specific to your epilepsy and its management.

Terms used in the charter

Primary care – health services such as the GP or pharmacy. This is ‘primary care’ because it is usually the first place you will go for help with anything medical.

Secondary care/ secondary services – health services such as local hospitals and clinics, where you would see someone more specialised than the GP or pharmacist, such as a neurologist. This is ‘secondary care’ because you usually have to be referred by your GP. It also includes A&E departments.

Tertiary care/ tertiary services – specialist hospital or unit, that focuses on specific care for different conditions. For example, if someone is being considered for epilepsy surgery, they might be seen in tertiary care. You have to be referred to tertiary care from either primary or secondary care.


Our Notes: With thanks to the Epilepsy Society for the Epilepsy Charter and links. For further information, visit: www.epilepsysociety.org.uk/AboutEpilepsy/Epilepsycharter

Notes on the Epilepsy Charter:

This charter includes information from the NHS Constitution (opens in a new window),
the NICE* clinical guideline on epilepsy (opens in a new window), The Equality Act 2010 (opens in a new window) and the Information strategy ‘The power of information’ (opens in a new window). It also represents the views of people affected by epilepsy who use Epilepsy Society’s services.

* NICE is the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.

Documents and organisations

Epilepsy Society is grateful to the following for their help and guidance in producing this charter.
Janet Clark, principal pharmacist, Epilepsy Society
Paul Cooney, media relations executive, National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence
Sally Garrett-Smith, social worker, Epilepsy Society
James MacDougall, policy unit, Department of Health


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