Two UK regional CFS conferences in September and October

Two UK regional “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” conferences in September and October

There are two UK regional conferences on “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” for medical professionals, students and allied health professionals only, being held by The Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), Wessex Region and The Royal College of Psychiatrists, South West Division Training (RCPsych SWDT) in September and October. 

Note that Dr Esther Crawley, who is presenting at both conferences, was a member of the NICE Guideline Development Group. Mary-Jane Willows, listed as a “Person with CFS/ME” is the CEO of the children and young person’s organisation, AYME. Professor Tony Pinching is a medical advisor to Action for ME (AfME). Professor Peter Denton White will again be speaking on “What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and what is ME?”. 

The ME Association published a summary of Professor White’s April presentation for the RSM which you can read here

Webcasts of the presentation, together with those of the nine other London RSM conference speakers can be viewed at: 

The PDF Registration and Agenda form for the RSM’s controversial “CFS” Conference which took place in London, in April, had very usefully included the names of the members of its Planning Committee. It revealed that the planning group had comprised Dr John Scadding (Dean, RSM, Planning Committee Chair) and Miss Bina Arpino (RSM Events admin) and that the rest of the Planning Committee had been made up exclusively of psychiatrists: Professor Peter White, Professor Simon Wessley and his colleagues, Professors Kam Bhui and Matthew Hotopf. The names of Planning Committee members for this Thursday’s Bristol conference have not been given.

1] Royal Society of Medicine Wessex Region – Bristol

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Conference

A one day regional conference organised by The Royal Society of Medicine Wessex

Date: Thursday, 18 September 2008
Venue: UBHT Education Centre, Upper Mauldin Street Bristol BS2 8AE

A PDF of the Registration and Agenda form does not appear to be available from the RSM’s website but a copy can be found here and in the previous posting:

For Registration information and Agenda see also:

“Chronic fatigue syndrome is a common and debilitating illness which can persist for years. Despite extensive research, the nature and pathogenesis of the condition remains enigmatic. There is continuing uncertainty and controversy concerning the physical and psychological components that may contribute to the initiation and perpetuation of the symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.

“The guidelines published by NICE in August 2007 have met with a mixed response, but many have welcomed the development of evidence based advice about different treatment options.

“The aim of this meeting is to take a broad look at chronic fatigue syndrome, examining its nature and definition, pathophysiology, epidemiology, clinical assessment and diagnosis, the patient perspective, and various approaches to treatment. This is a scientific conference and there will be an emphasis on an evidence based approach throughout.

“Those attending the meeting will gain understanding of the various aspects of CFS being discussed, and be better able to help people suffering from this disabling condition.”

Accreditation: CPD: 5 credits


9.30 am
Registration and Coffee

9.55 am
Welcome Address

Prof Mick Leary, Regional Sub Dean Royal Society of Medicine, Wessex

Session One
Chair: Prof Mick Leary, Regional Sub Dean Royal Society of Medicine, Wessex

10.00 am
What is Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and what is ME?

Prof Peter White, Centre for Psychiatry, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, London

10.30 am
What we know about the genetics of CFS/ME

Dr Nicholas Timson, Department of Social Medicine, University of Bristol

11.00 am
Differential diagnosis of CFS/ME

Prof Damien Longson, Department of Psychiatry, North Manchester General Hospital

11.30 am

11.40 am

Session Two

Chair: Dr Esther Crawley, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath

12.10 pm
What it feels like to have CFS/ME

Mary-Jane Willows, Person with CFS/ME

12.40 pm
Cognitive behaviour therapy for behaviour change in medical conditions

Dr Hazel O’Dowd, Team Leader CFS/ME Services, Frenchay Hospital, Bristol

1.10 pm

1.20 pm

Session Three

Chair: Dr Tim Chambers, Bristol Royal Children’s Hospital

2.20 pm
The NICE guidelines

[No speaker name given]

2.50 pm
The practical management of CFS/ME

Dr Esther Crawley, Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath

3.20 pm
Medication for symptom control. And beyond?

Prof Tony Pinching, Associate Dean for Cornwall & Professor of Clinical Immunology

3.50 pm
Questions and Discussion

4.20 pm
Close of Meeting

Contact: Joyce Achampong, RSM, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G 0AE, UK
Fax: (+44) (0) 20 7290 2989 Tel: (+44) (0) 20 7290 2980


2] Royal College of Psychiatrists South West Division Training SWDT

Conference on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Children and Young People

Date: Friday, 24th October 2008
Venue: St Cuthbert’s Conference Centre, Buckfastleigh, Somerset

PDF of RCPysch conference flyer

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. To enable psychiatrists and paediatricians to recognise and treat both the physical and mental symptoms of this illness

. To recognise the role that psychiatrists, paediatricians and GPs have in the treatment of sufferers

. To provide an opportunity for paediatricians and psychiatrists to explore both physical and mental aspects of this syndrome

. Explore the rights of children within medico legal boundaries

5 CPD Hours
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Chronic Fatigue Syndrome in Children and Young People

“Because Chronic Fatigue Syndrome can affect both the physical and mental health of children and young people this conference brings together paediatric and psychiatric doctors to explore both aspects of this illness.

“Our speakers have a great deal of experience in this area and the case studies they will present will aid indepth discussions.

“This conference is for Psychiatrists, Paediatricians, GPs and other disciplines working with patients with this syndrome”

The agenda for the day will be as follows:

9:00 Registration

9:30 ‘Chronic Fatigue Syndrome – Everything you need to know’
Dr Esther Crawley
Senior Clinical Lecturer Centre for Child and Adolescent Health
University of Bristol

10:15 The Role of the Psychiatrist’
Dr Sebastian Kraemer
Honorary Consultant, Tavistock Clinic, London and
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist
Whittington Hospital NHS Trust, London

11:00 Coffee

11:30 ‘The pitfalls of clinical practice in CFS/ME’
Dr Bryony Hooper
Medicolegal Adviser
Medical Protection Society

12:15 ‘Development of services/role of the paediatrician’
Dr Gareth Roberts
Consultant Paediatrician in Child Health
North Bristol Health Trust

13:00 Lunch followed by an open meeting

14:30 Case presentations

15:30 Tea

16:00 Plenary with panel of speakers

16.30 Close


Pat McPhee
South West Division Manager
Royal College of Psychiatrists
Coombe Lodge
North Somerset BS40 7RG
Tel: 01761 463979
Fax: 01761 463978

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