Two leading epilepsy charities are stepping up co-operation and mutual work, although they have stopped short of a full merger.
The National Society for Epilepsy and the National Centre for Young People with Epilepsy hope to improve services for the estimated 75,000 children and 300,000 adults who have epilepsy in the UK.
Until now, the centre has focused upon the needs of children, while the society has concentrated on adults. Joint working groups will be set up to deal with information and education, medical service planning, outreach support and training and development.
The society's chief executive Graham Faulkner said working together would bring benefits in terms of cost and service delivery. "We want to retain our own distinct identities given that both organisations have existed for more than 100 years."