The Nottinghamshire adult chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) team is based in the Mobility Centre at the City Hospital.
It aims to help patients with mild to moderate CFS/ME to develop appropriate ways of managing their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Patients are offered either individual sessions or a place on an eight-week community-based group programme. Groups for up to 10 patients and their key workers run on Tuesday or Thursday mornings. Subjects covered include:
- Activity management
- Quality rest and relaxation
- Exploring thoughts and feelings
- Managing stress
- Memory and concentration
- Managing setbacks.
A group review session is held eight weeks after the end of the programme. Additional individual sessions can be offered as needed.
Referral and assessment
GPs within the Nottinghamshire area can refer patients to the service (the form is available on request from the team secretary).
Referrals are triaged and appropriate patients are sent a letter asking them to telephone to book an appointment.
At this appointment patients are assessed by a member of the team and can discuss how they are currently managing their fatigue and whether a self-management approach would be helpful. The assessment will last up to one and a half hours.
Some individuals may then be offered group or individual treatment, while others will be discharged with advice to follow or, if appropriate, referred elsewhere.