Clinical Research Office. A partnership between Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Sheffield


Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological conditions, affecting around 600,000 people; 1 in 100 people in the UK have Epilepsy. It affects the brain and causes frequent seizures. Seizures are bursts of electrical activity in the brain that temporarily effect how it works.


Conversation Analysis to Diagnose Epilepsy and Non-epileptic Seizures

Cognitive Behavioural Intervention for Epilepsy

Through conversational analysis, neurology specialists at Sheffield are able to pick up indications of epilepsy diagnoses or non-epileptic seizures (NES). We were able to show this training helped clinicians identify these Our participation in a Health Technology Assessment grant project along with other hospitals has had significant impact on the provision of services for patients, as well as patients with other functional neurological symptoms around the UK and internationally.






Transient Loss of Consciousness

Short–term loss of consciousness (not due to head trauma) is one of the commonest neurological complaints in primary and emergency care. Around 20-30% of patients are at risk of being misdiagnosed. At Sheffield, we are developing an aid that could help with these clinical decisions. This aid will help diagnose short –term loss of consciousness in patients in emergency departments, syncope or epilepsy clinics.

Our diagnostic and treatment programme for people with Epilepsy and non-epileptic attack disorder (NEAD) is quite unique in the NHS and we are considered a excellent model internationally. We have developed a step-by-step care treatment model for NEAD, which has now been adopted by other centres throughout the UK.

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