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Monday 10 December 2018
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About our service - Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME)

Salford Royal Foundation Trust CFS/ME Service is a specialist NHS Service aimed at meeting the needs of people from 18 years of age who have a diagnosis of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), also referred to as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME).


There is a Multidisciplinary Team based here at Salford Royal that includes Specialist Medical Consultants, Physiotherapists and Clinical Psychologists. The team offers an outpatient service Monday to Friday.


The service aims to:

  • Help you gain an understanding of CFS/ME
  • Support you to gain a range of coping strategies and skills to better manage your symptoms
  • Reduce any distress and disability that you are experiencing
  • Improve your quality of life


We approach treatment for CFS in a holistic manner. This means exploring both the physical and psychological aspects of your illness.


Treatment

There is no specific single medical treatment for CFS/ME. Many different treatments have been suggested but there is a good evidence base for management strategies, which enable people to control their fatigue and improve their activity levels by addressing how energy is used and managing other factors which impact upon fatigue. National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) recommends Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Graded Exercise Therapy (GET). 


  • Asian female Clinical Nutrition and Dietetics Manager discussing diet with Asian male person Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)The Psychologists are experienced in delivering a wide range of individual and group therapeutic approaches under the broad Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) umbrella.
  • question marks Frequently asked QuestionsAnswers to frequently asked questions
  • Cycling - lifestyle change, exercise Graded Exercise therapy (GET)GET is not about doing strenuous exercises that will leave you feeling worse; but is about identifying your baseline and slowly building up from there.
  • meeting, group of women listening Group ProgrammesMany patients find it very helpful to meet with peers in a supportive and positive environment. They may never have met anyone else with this condition before and can find the experience validating and enjoyable. These groups currently include a 'CBT and GET-based Self-Management' course and a Mindfulness course.
  • woman, talking to dr Individual TherapyYou may meet with a Clinical Psychologist and/or a Physiotherapist on a one-to-one basis with a rehabilitative and self-management focus based upon your needs.
  • Apply Referrals (information on how to be referred to the team)Referrals to our service can come via your General Practitioner (GP) or by a healthcare professional who you may be receiving care from within the hospital.