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Members' business: Epilepsy awareness training

SNP MSP Kenneth Gibson led a members' debate on epilepsy awareness training on 2 March 2011.

Mr Gibson said there would be merit in epilepsy training becoming an integral part of the student teacher training course curriculum so that teaching staff were equipped to detect potential seizures in children and young people.

He also said that it could boost teacher confidence in handling as many as 7,000 children in Scotland with active epilepsy and to enable early detection of seizures in over 800 children each year.

Skills Minister Angela Constance said children and young people had the right to feel supported and valued at all times and unhindered by professional boundaries.

Ms Constance said the government was committed to support epilepsy through national delivery and gave an example of the recently appointed epilepsy nurse in the borders to promote awareness.

She also paid tribute to work of cross-party work group on epilepsy.

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