Epilepsy Research UK and Epilepsy Action are joining forces to make an urgent research call to understand changes in epilepsy healthcare that are occurring because of the pandemic.  

The call for proposals, which is open until 12 August, is aimed at research teams all around the country. The call aims to support several research projects that address how to innovate and optimise the delivery of epilepsy services or strengthen self-management approaches going forward. It will also support research that considers how healthcare support can be tailored and personalised to an individual’s circumstances and preferences 

ERUK and Epilepsy Action will collaborate to fund one project togetherThe two charities will work together to ensure that the views of people with epilepsy are reflected in selecting the final projects, alongside the advice of researchers and clinicians.  

James Pickett, Director of Research and Innovation said, Many people with epilepsy have had to adapt their healthcare a lot through the pandemic. Whilst some services need to resume as soon as possible, there’s the opportunity to improve some aspects of care and potentially adopt some of the new successful methods tested during lockdownWe’re delighted to be partnering with Epilepsy Action on this research call, the results from which should have a direct impact on healthcare policy and practice over the coming year.   

Angie Pullen, Director of Services at Epilepsy Action said, “We need to see improvements in the care of children young people and adults with epilepsy. We are aware of local examples of good practice, but this is not reflected across the board. We hope that this collaboration will lead to more robust and effective epilepsy healthcare services, that are fit for purpose and fully reflect the needs of all people with epilepsy.” 

For further details of the Innovation in Healthcare urgent research call please click here. 

All applicant information can be found here.