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16 November 2005

MSP SEEKS NOMINATIONS FOR ‘EPILEPSY SCOTLAND EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR’ AWARD

Banff & Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson is seeking nominations for Epilepsy Scotland’s Best Practice Certificate and Employer of the Year Award which is being supported by the Scottish Executive Health Department.

Mr Stevenson – a member of the Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Epilepsy – met recently with representatives from Epilepsy Scotland in the Scottish Parliament.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

“I recently attended the launch of the Best Practice Certificate and Employer of the Year Award. Epilepsy is far more common than most of us realise with approximately 1 in 130 adults being affected. This equates to almost 40,000 Scots.

“Epilepsy Scotland is on the look out for organisations that are ready to help someone with epilepsy at work and whose workplace is prepared to do the right things to assist an employee who either has or develops epilepsy.

“Epilepsy-friendly practice can take many forms such as the provision of extra training, offering alternative duties, arranging transport and generally offering the option of flexibility for those affected by epilepsy.

“Nominations for the awards can be made by either employees or employers, so if you believe that your organisation is an example of good epilepsy-friendly practice then get nominating.

“Organisations that make the short-list will be notified by mid February and succesful organisations will be presented with their award at a presentation ceremony on 20 April 2006 in Glasgow. Best of luck to all entries.”
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