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Action for M.E. project shortlisted for national award

December 14, 2015

Action for M.E.’s Support, Empower and Employ People with M.E. (SEE M.E.) project - an innovative Bristol-based pilot service that supports people with M.E. who want to stay in or return to work - has been shortlisted for a national award.

The SEE M.E. team are thrilled to have been nominated for the 2015 Vocational Rehabilitation Awards, which are taking place tonight (Monday 14 December).

SEE M.E. supports people with the debilitating chronic condition myalgic encephalomyelitis (M.E.) to retain their current job, look for work now or in the future, or achieve the best possible exit from employment if they have become so disabled by M.E. that they are unable to work. It is the first service of its kind specifically for people with M.E. in the UK.

Paul Davey, SEE M.E. Project Co-ordinator, Action for M.E., says: “We are hugely excited about being shortlisted for this award. It’s testament to the value of our collaborative working to address unmet needs in innovative new ways.”

The SEE M.E. service works in partnership with North Bristol NHS Trust. Embedded within the specialist M.E./CFS service at Southmead Hospital, it serves the same catchment area of Gloucestershire, South Gloucestershire, Bristol and North Somerset.

Paul continues: “Not only does the SEE M.E. service help people affected by this very challenging condition to work towards their employment goals, but we are also continually evaluating our work to provide evidence of what people with M.E. really need in the way of employment support and what works. By the end of the project in June next year, we will produce recommendations for policy, practice and future service commissioning.”

Dr Hazel O’Dowd, Clinical Lead, Bristol CFS/M.E. Service, says, “Working with Action for M.E. to integrate targeted, timely and expert health and employment support has already shown to be of considerable patient benefit. Being shortlisted for this award has been a wonderful surprise for the whole team!”