Epilepsy and Intellectual Disability Specialist Service

We provide assessment and treatment for adults with complex epilepsy and learning disability across Nottinghamshire. 

We take a holistic approach to patients' neurological problems diagnosing and treating epilepsy and associated health conditions. 

Our learning disability qualified epilepsy specialist nurses provide clinical services into the Queen’s Medical Centre (QMC), City Hospital and Highbury Hospital in Nottingham, and King's Mill Hospital in Mansfield. 

Our team

  • Sarah Pashley, Consultant Nurse in Epilepsy and Learning Disability
  • Lisa Flinton, Epilepsy and Learning Disability Specialist Nurse

We work with four consultant neurologists/epileptologists and adult epilepsy nurses employed by Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust.


Who we help

We mainly provide services to:

  • people in whom diagnosis and treatment can be challenging, and special expertise is needed to diagnose and manage their condition. This includes people with complex behavioural, sleep, movement, communication, and psychiatric disorders

  • patients with poorly controlled epilepsy

  • patients who have difficulty accessing mainstream health services and clinical investigations

  • people who have epilepsy in association with particular brain disorders, and people with Down’s syndrome and dementia

  • teenagers in transition to adult services, to make the transition smooth for those with complex epilepsies, and teenagers with profound and multiple needs

  • healthcare professionals and community care providers who need specialist advice, education and training.

Our service also acts as a resource for the development of policies, procedures, guidelines and pathways.