Continuing professional development quiz: Epilepsy and the fire service

Life-long learning and continuing professional development (CPD) are the processes by which professionals, such as nurses, develop and improve their practice.


There are many ways to address your CPD: formally, by attending courses, study days and workshops; or informally, through private study and reflection.


Reading articles in professional journals is a good way of keeping up to date with what is going on in the field of practice, but reflecting on what you have learned from the articles is not always easy.


These questions are designed to help you identify what you have learned from studying the article. They will also help you to clarify what you can apply in practice, what you did not understand, and what you need to explore further.


1 When is epilepsy usually diagnosed?


a) After one seizure has occurred


b) When two or more seizures have occurred


c) When a person loses consciousness for no reason


d) When a person behaves uncontrollably


2 Besides a medical assessment, what other tests are carried out on potential firefighters during recruitment?


a) Aerobic fitness, mental and physical endurance


b) Psychometric testing


c) Drug and alcohol screening


d) Literacy and numeracy testing


3 Which of the following is NOT part of a firefighter’s role?


a) Carrying and using heavy cutting equipment


b) Entering confined spaces


c) Display screen equipment (DSE) risk assessment


d) Visiting schools


4 Why was recruitment and retention in the fire service changed in 2004?


a) Because of changes to employment law


b) Because of the introduction of new equipment


c) Based on research evidence, changes needed to be made


d) Because of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA)


5 What percentage of patients control their epilepsy with only one drug?


a) 100%


b) 80%


c) 50%


d) 30%


6 Who took part in the case management procedures?


a) Line manager, HR, OH, health and safety, senior management


b) Line manager, HR, OH, health and safety, union representatives


c) Line manager, HR, OH, Robert, senior management


d) Robert, line manager, OH, health and safety, senior management


7 What comprises breathing apparatus equipment?


a) A visor, hoses and valves, a cylinder of compressed air


b) Face mask, hoses and valves


c) Face mask, visor and a cylinder of compressed air


d) Face mask, visor, hoses and valves, a cylinder of compressed air


8 How is working at a height described?


a) An activity where there is a risk of a fallfrom a height greater than 1m


b) An activity where there is a risk of a fall from a height greater than 5m


c) An activity where there is a risk of a fall that can cause personal injury or death


d) An activity where there is a risk of personal injury or death


9 According to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) guidance, how many steps are there to risk assessment?


a) 3


b) 4


c) 5


d) 6


10 What type of working hours did Robert have?


a) Flexible


b) Straight days


c) Day and night shifts


d) Straight nights


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