Paediatric Epilepsy Training

Paediatric Epilepsy Training (PET) is a series of face-to-face 1 and 2-day courses developed by the British Paediatric Neurology Association (BPNA) in response to concerns about standards of care for children with epilepsy in the UK. PET has been running in the UK since 2005 and is now being established worldwide.

PET is aimed at paediatricians, medical officers and emergency department professionals. It aims to improve the diagnosis of epileptic and non-epileptic events; improve the standard of care; and raise awareness of when to liaise with a Paediatric Neurologist, a children’s epilepsy expert.

The International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) endorses PET. The ILAE identified PET as an effective, sustainable format to teach safe standard epilepsy practice to clinicians across all levels of healthcare. PET has been critically reviewed by Paediatric Neurologists around the world who have concluded that this course teaches “safe standard epilepsy practice to clinicians, applicable to children in all countries” and are “sensible, practical and pragmatic”.

PET courses

PET courses are running worldwide.  Every PET course is listed on this website.  Book your place.

  • PET1:  1-day course recommended for all doctors and nurses who contribute to the initial or ongoing care of a child experiencing paroxysmal disorders in the acute and community setting.
  • PET2:  2-day course covers general aspects of epilepsy (history taking, differential diagnosis, investigation etc) and concentrating on epilepsies in infants and young children. Recommended for all doctors and nurses who care for young children with epilepsies.
  • PET3:  2-day course concentrating on the epilepsies presenting in older children and adolescents and transition to adult services. Recommended for all doctors and nurses who care for older children, adolescents and young adults with epilepsy.

Each PET course has short didactic lectures and interactive small-group workshops. There are many opportunities within each course to consider difficult cases, share ‘experience in the real world’, and debate ‘the evidence’. The size of workshops is limited to 8 attendees, to ensure everyone is able to contribute and gain the most from the learning experience.

Each course has standardised course materials that are taught to the same high standard worldwide by a trained local faculty of experienced paediatric neurologists and paediatricians with an expertise in epilepsy. Pre-course reading, and a course handbook are provided to attendees.

PET is evidence based, refers to internationally recognised guidelines, and provide a consensus view for paediatricians. Content is internationally peer reviewed. Course materials are updated every 3-years.

Outcomes

In the UK, the annual incidence of a diagnosis of epilepsy declined by 4% per annum between 2001 and 2008. While there may be a variety of possible explanations for this, it may reflect more accurate diagnosis and appropriate cessation of treatment.

  • UK national audit data have demonstrated significant engagement of the paediatric epilepsy clinical community some of which is likely to have been engendered through PET attendance.
  • A series of Performance Indicators demonstrated good adherence to nationally published clinical guidelines and it seems likely too that PET training has contributed to this.
  • There is data to suggest that clinical care provided by a paediatrician “with expertise” in epilepsy who is running a dedicated seizure clinic is superior to that provided by a mixed paediatric general clinic.

Course feedback

We routinely collect attendee feedback at the end of each course. PET is rated excellent or very good by 99% of attendees (excellent=61%, very good=39%). 87% report their expectations were exceeded (30.1%) or fulfilled (57.28%). 95% say they will definitely recommend PET to a colleague, 5% that they probably will.

Attitudes and practice survey

We routinely survey all attendees 6-months post PET1 to record changes in attendees’ attitudes and practice following attendance. Results from the 2017 PET1 Outcome Measures indicate:

  • 85% report they have improved ability to distinguish between epileptic and non-epileptic events
  • 82% report they have improved history taking
  • 80% report PET has prompted them to try to improve the way clinical services are set up to support children with epilepsy
  • 75% report they have made moderate or significant changes to their practice, diagnosis and caring for children and young people with epilepsies
  • 63% report they recognise more quickly when a patient needs to be referred to an expert
  • 58% report they always provide first aid advice to parents and care givers
  • 57% have made improvements in information sharing
  • 54% have introduced changes to services resulting in improvements in prolonged seizure management in their unit
  • Many have introduced or improved teaching about epilepsy to parents and families (88%), undergraduates (70%), post graduates (63%), professional colleagues (65%)

 

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Country
Venue/Dates
Time
Total Course Places
Places Available
(Standard/Reduced)
Options
South Africa
PET1 Pretoria
Saturday 2 February 2019
1-day
30
18 / 6
United Kingdom
PET1 Birmingham
Friday 15 February 2019
1-day
40
12 / 1
United Kingdom
PET1 Bristol
Monday 25 February 2019
1-day
40
8 / 0
Myanmar
PET1 Yangon
Tuesday 26 February 2019
1-day
24
24 / 0
Myanmar
PET1 Mandalay
Thursday 28 February 2019
1-day
24
1 / 0
New Zealand
PET1 Auckland
11 March 2019
1-day
0
0 / 0
Myanmar
PET1 Magway
Monday 4 March 2019
1-day
24
0 / 0
United Kingdom
PET1 Norwich
Thursday 7 March 2019
1-day
40
29 / 1
United Kingdom
PET1 Nottingham
Wednesday 13 March 2019
1-day
40
31 / 2
United Kingdom
PET1 London North
Friday 22 March 2019
1-day
48
26 / -1
United Kingdom
PET1 Liverpool
Friday 17 May 2019
1-day
40
34 / 5
United Kingdom
PET1 Cambridge (part of PET week)
Monday 28 October 2019
1-day
48
38 / 6
Country
Venue/Dates
Time
Total Course Places
Places Available
(Standard/Reduced)
Options
United Kingdom
PET2 Edinburgh
28 February - 1 March 2019
2-days
40
20 / 1
New Zealand
PET2 Auckland
12-13 March 2019
2-days
0
0 / 0
United Kingdom
PET2 Bristol
27-28 March 2019
2-days
40
18 / 4
United Kingdom
PET2 Sheffield
9-10 May 2019
2-days
40
28 / 4
United Kingdom
PET2 Southampton
27-28 June 2019
2-days
40
35 / 4
United Kingdom
PET2 Liverpool
12-13 September 2019
2-days
40
35 / 5
United Kingdom
2-days
48
37 / 5
Country
Venue/Dates
Time
Total Course Places
Places Available
(Standard/Reduced)
Options
United Kingdom
PET3 Edinburgh
28 February - 1 March 2019
2-days
24
10 / 1
United Kingdom
PET3 Bristol
27-28 March 2019
2-days
24
7 / 0
United Kingdom
PET3 Sheffield
9-10 May 2019
2-days
24
17 / 2
United Kingdom
PET3 Southampton
27-28 June 2019
2-days
24
21 / 3
United Kingdom
PET3 Liverpool
12-13 September 2019
2-days
24
21 / 3
United Kingdom
PET3 Cambridge (part of PET week)
31 October - 1 November 2019
2-days
48
37 / 6
Country
Venue/Dates
Time
Total Course Places
Places Available
(Standard/Reduced)
Options
United Kingdom
NeoNATE Liverpool
21-22 March 2019
2-days
48
30 / 6
United Kingdom
NeoNATE Cambridge
4-5 July 2019
2-days
48
34 / 5
United Kingdom
NeoNATE Southampton
14-15 November 2019
2-days
48
39 / 6
Country
Venue/Dates
Time
Total Course Places
Places Available
(Standard/Reduced)
Options
United Kingdom
CHaT Dublin
Friday 15 March 2019
1-day
32
28 / 0
United Kingdom
CHaT Leeds
Friday 7 June 2019
1-day
48
46 / 0
United Kingdom
CHaT London
Saturday 19 October 2019
1-day
48
48 / 0
Country
Venue/Dates
Time
Total Course Places
Places Available
(Standard/Reduced)
Options
United Kingdom
Expert to Expert: Epilepsy
28-29 November 2019
2-days
0
0 / 0
Country
Venue/Dates
Time
Total Course Places
Places Available
(Standard/Reduced)
Options
United Kingdom
2-days
0
0 / 0
Country
Venue/Dates
Time
Total Course Places
Places Available
(Standard/Reduced)
Options
United Kingdom
1-day
40
40 / 0