Upcoming Events

A Conversation about...Movement

Virtual Networking Event

BACME members only

Monday 21st June


‘A Conversation about… Movement’

Hosted by Pete Gladwell

The aim of the “Conversation about Movement” is to provide a forum to share ideas about the role of movement, posture, physical activity and exercise in the management of ME/CFS. The BACME position statement that we published last year was a clear statement that we have moved away from a deconditioning model of ME/CFS, and this is a direction of travel that many of us have been taking for some years. The draft NICE Guideline is recommending that patients are offered support to develop a maintenance programme of physical activity, and then invited to take up support to progress this, if they choose to. The Cochrane review of exercise is being revised, and at the same time there are groups recommending that people with ME/CFS severely restrict their heart rate. It feels timely to offer a space where BACME clinicians can discuss these issues, consider how we approach them as an organisation, and how we can best support patients in developing an individualised management plan.

The "Conversation about Movement" is just that: an hour put aside where we can get together, set an agenda, and talk through some issues.

This is likely to be of interest to all clinicians working in the field of CFS/ME or other clinicians who support patients in developing a movement plan. There will be space to bring examples, ask questions and share learning.

The workshop will be run using Zoom and facilitated by Pete Gladwell PhD MCSP Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist, Team Leader Bristol CFS/ME Service, North Bristol NHS Trust
Pete is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and Team leader in the Bristol Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME Service. He also works in the North Bristol NHS Trust Pain Management Service. Pete’s clinical roles have included Pain Management Programmes and co-delivery with lay tutors. He has been involved with individual rehabilitation and group treatment in the Bristol CFS/ME Service since 2004. Pete also has a longstanding involvement with the Physiotherapy Pain Association, in the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, collaborated extensively with Action for ME, and has co-authored a report on the Action for ME 2010 rehabilitation survey. Pete’s PhD investigated the use of TENS devices by people with chronic musculoskeletal pain. He supports undergraduate physiotherapy education about CFS/ME, and is also involved in the delivery of the Masters level fatigue course at the University of the West of England. Pete co-delivers the Physiotherapy Pain Association “Pain and Sleep” course, together with Andrew Green. Pete is a member of the BACME board.



This event is for BACME members only and is intended for clinicians from any background and is free to attend.
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Monday, June 21, 2021 - 18:00 - Monday, June 21, 2021 - 19:00