Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (MECFS) eLearning - elearning for healthcare
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About the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS) eLearning Programme

It is estimated that over 250,000 people in the UK are living with myalgic encephalomyelitis or chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS). Despite these figures, there are still many misconceptions around ME/CFS, and the patients suffer from prolonged diagnosis and stigma.

This elearning programme has been developed in collaboration with patient groups and the Department of Health and Social Care as a resource for all healthcare practitioners looking to enhance their knowledge and support for individuals living with ME/CFS.

It also aims to:

  • highlight the variability in patient experiences and the impact on individuals and their families
  • encourage the adoption of a multidisciplinary approach to patient care
  • highlight the importance of pacing, symptom management, and supportive networks

The programme offers 3 sessions, each with slightly different focus.

Introduction to ME/CFS: this session is accessible to all and aims to provide an introduction to the complex nature of ME/CFS. The session explains what ME/CFS is, discusses the potential causes and diagnostic challenges and provides an overview of possible management strategies.

The second and third sessions are aimed at primary and secondary care clinicians. They focus on the management of ME/CFS, treatment recommendations and pharmacological solutions. These will be launched in the near future.

Primary and secondary audiences

Universal access.
Healthcare professionals, carers, support workers, social workers, social prescribers, persons with lived experience of ME/CFS, family and friends with lived experience of ME/CFS

How to access

To access this elfh programme, you will require a Learning Hub account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below. Note that if you hold a full elfh account, you can sign into the Learning Hub using your existing login credentials.

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To view the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (MECFS) eLearning programme, select the View button below. If you already have a Learning Hub account, you will also be able to login and access the resources within the programme.

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NHS healthcare staff in England – ESR

The Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (MECFS) eLearning programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the About the Myalgic Encephalomyelitis or Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (MECFS) eLearning programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

More information

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