BPS Slams NICE Guidelines – One Click NICE Judicial Review

BPS Slams NICE Guidelines – One Click NICE Judicial Review


The One Click Group would like to thank the British Psychological Society (BPS) for issuing this press release relating to the proposed One Click Judicial Review of the  CFS/ME NICE Guideliines. If BPS members refuse to treat  ME/CFS labelled patients with CBT/GET because they consider these psychosocial treatments to be inappropriate for their  needs, NICE is in terrible trouble with these Guidelines, the like of which it has never known. This is yet a further  evidence nail straight into the heart of these appalling Guidelines.


British Psychological Society

Psychologists criticise NICE guidelines for those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

The British Psychological Society has criticised the recommendations outlined in NICE guidelines for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS), ahead of judicial review which is due to begin next week.

The Society feels that the three therapies recommended by NICE in its guidelines (published in August 2007) do not allow psychologists to treat patients with CFS with specific needs.

The Society is reiterating its comments in light of a judicial review which is expected to be submitted to court on Thursday 22 November by the One Click Health Advocacy Pressure Group. Although the Society has had no contact with this group, and is no way aligned to it, the Society has independently submitted its own concerns about the guidelines and feels they should be revisited.

Dr Ellen Goudsmit, who helped draft the Society’s response, said: “NICE has offered three treatments in its guidelines that limit psychologists to a highly inflexible regime and which we feel are not appropriate for all people with CFS.

“We believe psychologists have more to offer these patients and are disappointed that our alternatives, which were based on sound scientific evidence, including randomized controlled trials, were rejected by NICE.”

The Society wrote to NICE in August 2007 to voice concerns over:

. activity management, a way for people to manage their symptoms by learning to analyse and plan activities so that they can achieve more at home, at work and at leisure.

. graded exercise therapy (GET), which plans increases in activity or exercise, working towards goals that are important for the person with CFS/ME.

. The model of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) being recommended.

Dr Martin Crawshaw, Chair of the Society’s Professional Practice Board, added: “Activity management is untested and there is no advice for those who cannot increase activity levels, while advocating CBT and GET limits a flexible approach. In some cases all some patients need is a brief period of counselling, support and information about a practice called pacing – the aim of which is to balance rest and activity to avoid making fatigue and other symptoms worse.

“If psychology is to take over the majority of the work regarding the management of CFS patients then we need to be able to use our judgement.”

PR Team British Psychological Society 0116 252 9500 mediacentre@bps.org.uk

Date: Friday 16 November 2007
Ref: PR1314
The British Psychological Society

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