Epilepsy Awareness, Buccal Midazolam and Rectal Diazepam Administration 

This course covers epilepsy awareness and practical seizure management and the administration of both rectal diazepam and buccal midazolam. This course is suitable for anyone who is authorised to administer buccal midazolam or rectal diazepam as prescribed by a medical practitioner or nurse prescriber and as specified in the individual care plan.

The training facilitates safe, appropriate and dignified administration of the medication  providing all the necessary protocols and policies are in place and followed.  The course is delivered in line with the JEC Guidelines for this type of training.

The trainer will assess that learning is taking place during the course and supervise the simulated procedure during training. It is recommended that an employer organisation provides work based assessment and initial supervison in practice in addition to this training. It is further recommended that a refresher course be attended within 2 years of completion the the full training course, please contact us for details of refresher courses.

As this course covers two different emergency medications it is most suitable for those with some existing  knowledge and experience of epilepsy and emergency medication procedures.

Example Programme (6 hours)

Epilepsy Awareness covering:-

  • What is epilepsy?
  • Causes of epilepsy
  • Diagnosis
  • Seizure types (classification) - video footage
  • Treatment
  • Psychosocial/cultural issues
  • Information and support

The Administration of Rectal Diazepam covering:-

  • Diazepam and its uses, storage, disposal
  • Indications for use in epilepsy
  • Practical Demonstration and supervised practice (using anatomical model)
  • Possible difficulties in administration
  • Side Effects and action in case of overdose
  • When to call ambulance

The Administration of Buccal Midazolam covering:-

  • Midazolam and its uses, Storage and disposal
  • Indications for use in epilepsy
  • DVD presentation, Demonstration and Practice
  • Possible Difficulties and what to do
  • Side effects, consequences of overdose and action to take
  • Actions if administration Ineffective
  • Discussion/Questions and Answers

Health and Safety Issues covering:

  • Risk Assessment
  • Individual Care Plans
  • Organisation Protocols
  • Duty of Care/legal responsibilities


At the end of the course attendees will:-

  • Have an understanding of epilepsy and its management
  • Understand the psychosocial and cultural effects of epilepsy on individuals and families
  • Understand the importance of care planning and risk assessment to ensure a safe environment and optimum treatment
  • Be able to recognize seizures and take appropriate first aid actions
  • Recognize the emergency situation and take appropriate actions
  • Understand the theory and practice of administering rectal diazepam and buccal midazolam
  • Have the knowledge to administer buccal midazolam or rectal diazepam safely in accordance with the individual care plan
  • Receive a certificate of attendance valid for up to two years