The new NICE clinical practice guidelinesfor ME/CFS – due to be published on 22 August – will be the keynote topic under discussion at this year's ME Association Annual Medical Meeting on Saturday, September 15.
Professor Richard Baker, chairman of the Guideline Development Group at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), wlll be present with members of his team to discuss and take questions on the introduction of the guideline and how NICE expects it to be used in practice.
The guideline will be the most significant official document to appear in the UK which deals with the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of ME/CFS since the Chief Medical Report's report was published in January 2002.
The meeting will be held in Peterborough at the National Centre for Deafblindness, Hampton, Peterborough PE7 8FD, between 2 and 5pm.
Dr Charles Shepherd, medical adviser to The ME Association, will also talk to the meeting and take questions. He will focus on other "hot" topics and on research and medical news.
We also hope there will be an opportunity to discuss the way NHS services for people with ME/CFS since the £8.5million "ring-fenced" funding programme was launched in 2004. Nowadays – with "ring-fencing" now at an end – individual services are having to compete for funding with other priorities proclaimed by local NHS trusts.
Admission to the meeting will be £3 for MEA members, £5 for non-members and £3 for carers of PWME, who would otherwise not be able to attend. The ME Association will not be issuing tickets to the meeting, but taking payment at the door. If you would like to attend, please email Tony Britton or phone him on 01406 370293.