New podcast with Dr Shepherd talking with Dr. Rebecca Wilkinson of Maudsley Hospital

February 18, 2022


Following publication of the new NICE guideline on ME/CFS Dr Charles Shepherd was asked to record a learning podcast on ME/CFS for the Maudsley Hospital in London

The Maudsley is the largest mental health training institution in the UK. It is part of South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and works in partnership with the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London – where there is a clinical referral service for people with ME/CFS.

In this hour long podcast, Dr Charles Shepherd and psychiatrist Dr Rebecca Wilkinson cover a wide range of subjects:

  • History of ME/CFS, including the Royal Free Hospital outbreak and the events that followed
  • Dr Shepherd’s personal experience of developing ME after catching chickenpox from one of his patients and some of the research that he has been involved with using his own skeletal muscle
  • Research into ME/CFS – predisposing, precipitating and perpetuating factors involving infection, brain, muscle and the immune system
  • The new NICE guideline on ME/CFS
  • Diagnosis of ME/CFS
  • Management of ME/CFS
  • Severe and very severe ME/CFS
  • Problems with DWP benefits
  • Controversies surrounding the name CFS, the use of CBT and GET and the PACE trial
  • The clinical and pathological overlaps between ME/CFS and with Long Covid
  • Medical profession attitudes to ME/CFS
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