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An economic assessment of the children's epilepsy nurse specialist role

Kirsten Johnson, Roald Dahl Sapphire Epilepsy Nurse Specialist, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust

Kirsten's case study was completed in 2017 and reflects 2017 prices

Epilepsy in children can be distressing for children and for their parents therefore NICE recommend that children, young people and their families have access to specialist nursing support. The ability to contact a specialist nurse at the point of need improves the management of the condition and service user's satisfaction; it can significantly improve the well-being of the child, reduce parental stress and avoid the use of other parts of the healthcare system, including acute services.

However prior to Kirsten's economic assessment, little was known of the economic benefits of a CNS-led service other than these quality benefits. Kirsten is a Roald Dahl Sapphire Epilepsy Nurse Specialist at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust.

Through rigorous analysis of her records, Kirsten has demonstrated that just one aspect of her service, that is her telephone and advice line service, has avoided £84,778 costs in her trust in just one year. This aspect of her service has contributed to her trust meeting its 18 week waiting time target and her analysis has clearly demonstrated why this aspect of her service, which has hitherto been invisible, should be incorporated into the service tariff to increase her trust's income and enable further service development.

You can contact Kirsten by email: Kirsten.johnson4@nhs.net.

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