The overall purpose of the CFS/ME service is to help those diagnosed with CFS/ME develop appropriate strategies for managing their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
A self-help approach is encouraged and therefore success depends on the individual with CFS/ME becoming an active participant in their treatment. The service we offer is based on the principles of cognitive behaviour therapy, graded exercise and activity management as recommended in NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) guidelines 2007.
What do we offer?
Diagnosis will have been made in most cases by your GP/consultant. Therefore no further investigations will be offered by the service.
You will be offered an assessment by the team. This is an opportunity to look at how you are currently managing your fatigue and whether the self management approach that we offer would be helpful to you.
Following assessment you may be offered the option of a group programme or individual sessions.
To access the service it is necessary that you are able to attend for assessment and treatment and be able to get around by yourself and look after your own physical needs. At present we are unable to offer a domiciliary service.
The group programme
The programme runs once a week on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9.30am to 12noon over an eight week period at a community venue. This is followed by a review session eight weeks after the group finishes. The content of the programme covers all the topics listed but also offers the opportunity to share experiences with others who have CFS/ME. Individual sessions will be tailored to suit the individual's needs from the topics listed.
What topics do we cover?
- What is CFS/ME and what are the effects on my lifestyle?
- How can pacing, graded activity and planned rest help me better manage my daily activity?
- Sleep management
- Diet and CFS/ME
- How can I exercise with CFS/ME?
- Relaxation strategies
- Stress management
- Exploring thoughts and feelings and how to manage them
- Effective communication
- Memory and concentration strategies
- Managing set backs/relapses
What happens after treatment?
Following either individual or group sessions you will have the option of two further contacts with the team within a year of your initial assessment if you need them.
Referral is via GP. To get copies of the referral form please contact the service.