Media Release: Joint guidance helps trade union reps handle epilepsy

NEW guidance launched in National Epilepsy Week will help trade union representatives understand epilepsy better.

Compiled by Epilepsy Scotland and the STUC, the guidance explains how stewards can support members in the workplace who have this common serious neurological condition.

Epilepsy Scotland’s chief executive, Lesslie Young, remarked: “We are grateful to the STUC for highlighting issues around epilepsy and employment in this guidance, especially during National Epilepsy Week (19-25 May).

“Research shows that as many as three in five employers may not hire someone with this common condition, even though epilepsy is well controlled for most employees.

“Our free and simple occupational health guide will hopefully challenge this mind set. It shows how straightforward adjustments in the workplace can make an employee feel valued, increases their self esteem and helps them contribute to the overall success of the organisation.

“Following best practice in epilepsy and employment law is a win-win situation for the employer, trade union representative and employee.”

Ian Tasker, STUC Assistant Secretary, said: “Epilepsy is a complex condition and one where unfortunately a massive amount of stigma attaches to those who have the condition, both in society and the workplace.

“Trade union representatives are ideally placed to help to break down these barriers.

“Our guidance shows where to access support and advice to help them effectively represent and support members with epilepsy, and dispel some of the many myths associated with epilepsy in the workplace.”

Notes to editor:

  1. Epilepsy Scotland – established in 1954 – works with people affected by epilepsy to ensure that their voice is heard. We campaign for improved healthcare, better information provision and an end to stigma. This common serious neurological condition affects one in 97 people. We represent the estimated 54,000 people with epilepsy in Scotland, their families and carers. Our freephone Helpline (0808 800 2200) offers support and information, email, text 07786 209501, find us on twitter @epilepsy_scot twitter or facebook or visit:
  1. The STUC’s Disabled Workers Committee has prepared this new guidance in partnership with Epilepsy Scotland. For a copy please contact Ian Tasker on 07974 966227.
  1. A free guide to  Epilepsy and Occupational Health is available from our Freephone service 0808 800 2200 or to download at
  1. For more details please contact: Allana Parker, public affairs officer on: 0141 419 1701 or 07884 012 147.

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