Managing Epilepsy in Austerity – Evaluating the Utility and Value of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse in an Open Access Model of Service Delivery. Aneurin Bevan Epilepsy Specialist Team (A.B.E.S.T.)

Healthcare organisations in the UK primarily measure clinical activity from data collected on numbers of attendances at outpatient clinics, inpatient admissions and procedures performed etc. Telephone contacts with patients are not typically measured as clinical activity. This service evaluation examines the utility and value of the Epilepsy Specialist Nurse (ESN) within an innovative ‘Open Access Model’, giving a breakdown of clinical workload and outcomes.