2 Notes on the scope of the guidance
NICE guidelines are developed in accordance with a scope that defines what the guideline will and will not cover. The scope of this guideline is available here – click on 'How this guidance was produced'.
The guideline addresses the diagnosis, treatment and management of epilepsy in children, young people and adults. It does not cover the diagnosis, treatment or management of epilepsy in neonates or the diagnosis or management of febrile convulsions.
The guideline makes recommendations concerning the care provided by healthcare professionals who have direct contact with, or make decisions concerning the care of, people with epilepsy. It deals with care in primary, secondary and tertiary services, and integrated care for epilepsy may span all these sectors. The delivery of tertiary procedures, such as surgical techniques, is not included. The guideline will also be relevant to, but does not cover the practice of, those working in the occupational health services, social services, educational services or the voluntary sector.
In 2012, the pharmacological management sections of the guideline were updated.
How this guideline was developed
NICE commissioned the National Clinical Guideline Centre to develop this guideline. The Centre established a Guideline Development Group (see appendix A), which reviewed the evidence and developed the recommendations. An independent Guideline Review Panel oversaw the development of the guideline (see appendix B).
There is more information about how NICE clinical guidelines are developed on the NICE website. A booklet, 'How NICE clinical guidelines are developed: an overview for stakeholders, the public and the NHS' is available.