Paediatric Epilepsy Training Courses 2 and 3


The British Paediatric Neurology Associaiton (BPNA) will hold Paediatric Epilepsy Training PET 2 & 3 courses  in Belfast on the 14-15 November 2018.  The BPNA recommends that anyone who has a role in managing children’s epilepsy should repeat the PET courses every 5 years.


This is a 2-day practical course for anyone who delivers secondary level care to children with epilepsy, including:

  • Consultant paediatricians and community paediatricians, especially those with particular expertise or responsibility for children with epilepsy
  • General practitioners who have, or are developing, an expertise in paediatric epilepsy
  • Consultant neurophysiologists
  • Epilepsy nurse specialists
  • General trainees in paediatrics, paediatric neurology and neurodisability, but only after undertaking a PET1 course


By the end of PET2, participants will be able to:

  • demonstrate the wide differential diagnosis in paroxysmal events in children and young people
  • improve diagnostic accuracy and gain insight into uncertainty
  • explore the differential diagnosis within epilepsies
  • introduce a structured approach to considering epileptic seizures and epilepsies
  • gain improved understanding of EEG reports
  • understand the association between epilepsy and learning difficulties, autism, and cerebral palsy
  • optimise initial treatment choices 
  • consider the wide spectrum of epileptic seizures, electroclinical syndromes and non-epileptic events in infancy
  • review the clinical features and management of West Syndrome
  • understand blank episodes and epilepsies with absence seizures
  • improve knowledge of common 'focal epilepsy syndromes'
  • know the criteria for involvement of a paediatric neurologist
  • understand the concept of an epileptic encephalopathy
  • establish aims and approach to 'difficult epilepsies'


By the end of PET3, participants will be able to:

  • To understand reflex seizures and photosensitivity
  • To consider common and relevant diagnostic issues regarding episodes with headache and/or visual symptoms
  • To consider common and relevant diagnostic issues regarding nocturnal episodes
  • To consider presentations and differentials of episodes presenting as altered behaviour
  • To appreciate the variety and limitations of the available evidence for making an informed choice of anticonvulsant
  • To consider evidence base and treatment options applied to ‘real life’ scenarios
  • To explore different therapies which help children with ‘drug resistant epilepsy’
  • To improve our knowledge of regulation, risks and reasonable precaution
  • To discuss case studies in which epilepsy presents later in childhood and adolescence
  • To consider the risk of death and AEDs in pregnancy
  • To reflect on a range of strategies regarding risk communication
  • To discuss the importance of recognising common associated conditions in children with epilepsies
  • To consider effective communication strategies with young people and their families about their epilepsy and related issues
  • To explore the role of the clinician and specialist nurse in promoting independence of the young person
  • To be able to discuss risks and benefits of AED withdrawal

For more information please see the link to follow to the BPNA website PET 2 & 3 Belfast November 2018

Comments from previous courses:

“An excellent well organised course - exceeded expectations.”

“Excellent course! Highly recommended for every practitioner!”

“Excellent course, excellent faculty, excellent content. Something for all levels. Very well done, thank you.”

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