Branch thumbs up for new epilepsy guidance!

Published March 27, 2018 at 10:24

The Branch has welcomed new epilepsy guidance for staff.

The new advice has been developed by HR with the help of staff who have the common neurological condition.

The launch coincided with Purple Day, an international day for epilepsy awareness.

Epilepsy affects around 600,000 people in the UK. There are many types of the condition and many different types of seizures.

Branch Chair Ben Greenwood, who suffers from juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, a common form of the condition, worked with HR on the new guidance.

Ben and Alison Schmid, another member who also has epilepsy, joined chief executive Harry Catherall, leader of the Council Councillor Mohammed Khan and Head of Communications and Engagement, Andrea Sturgess to launch the new guidance, promote Purple Day and raise awareness.

Ben suffered a fit at work in June 2016 and was not able to drive for a year.

He said: “After you come round from a seizure you feel very confused, very embarrassed and very ashamed but my colleagues and manager were really understanding and rallied around me and supported me. I had been very open with them about it and they knew how to support me.

“I am very pleased the Council has released this new guidance and worked with those who have the condition to produce it as it will give others an insight into the condition. Epilepsy is often misunderstood as it can affect people in many different ways. I am pleased to see the notion of reasonable adjustments being explicit in the guidance as supporting people to avoid triggers is really important.”

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