A pilot programme has just started in the Northern Health and Social Care Trust offering a condition management programme (CMP) for patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E). The pilot is available to all patients across the Northern Trust area and will involve 12 sessions with three and six month follow ups. It is the first condition-specific project available to patients to assist them in the self-management of their condition.
M.E is a condition that affects all areas of a person’s life, and can mean their activities are severely limited. The programme will help people to gain the fine balance between rest and activity, which has been shown to assist in recovery from this complex condition.
A Health Care Practitioner will meet with the patient to find out what support they need and to develop an individually tailored plan with set goals to help them manage their condition and start on the road to recovery. As a result, many patients have been able to return to employment or training.
Anyone interested in the programme should speak to their GP who can then make a referral for them.
Mr McIlveen said of the scheme this week:
‘In my role as a member of the Health Committee in Stormont, I have been fortunate to work closely with practitioners who offer existing Condition Management Programme. When you are faced with a debilitating disease or condition, the road to recovery, the return to work or making the decision to go back into training can be incredibly daunting.
With the help of experienced pracitioners, all this can be achieved. I would recommend anyone who is interested in the programme to speak with their GP immediately, in order to get involved in the process.’