Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (CFS/ME) Service


The CFS/ME Service is a specialist, regional therapy service for people affected by CFS/ME across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. The service is based at the Michael Carlisle Centre but is registered with the Care Quality Commission at Trust Headquarters, Fulwood House.

The service includes two teams – one for adults and one for children and young people. The service is available to individuals who have a provision diagnosis of CFS/ME, are registered with a GP within the region and who have been unable to self-manage their condition with the advice and management provided from primary care.

CFS/ME can be a long-term and relapsing condition.  Emphasis is placed on early diagnosis and intervention to prevent the development of more severe, complex and long standing problems.  The CFS/ME Service promotes the development of self-management strategies to enable individuals to make improvements and cope with their symptoms independently.

The service provides an individual assessment which includes an exploration of the options for therapy.  The aims of the therapies offered are to work collaboratively with individuals in helping them to identify how they are currently coping with their CFS/ME symptoms and then enabling them to develop strategies to self-manage their condition.

The treatments offered provide a range of specialist, evidence-based, therapeutic interventions to individuals with a diagnosis of CFS/ME.  The interventions provided are dependent on the severity of symptoms experienced by, and the preferred choice of, the individual.  All treatments within the CFS/ME Service are based on graded activity management strategies within a cognitive behavioural framework, including practical and psychological interventions to facilitate behavioural change to enable individuals to maximise their potential and make sustainable improvements.

The service eligibility and selection criteria is available here: CFS/ME Service

Sheffield Guidance for CFS/ME diagnosis and referral

CFS/ME Adult Pathway

Operating Hours

Monday to Friday 9am-5pm.

How is the service accessed?

Children under 16 should initially be referred to a general paediatrician within six weeks of presentation of symptoms to their GP. The paediatrician can then refer to the CFS/ME Service following establishment of a diagnosis of CFS/ME.

Young people aged 16-18 and adults over 18 years of age can be referred directly to the CFS/ME Service by their GP once recommended screening tests have been completed and provisional diagnosis of CFS/ME has been made following a minimum four month period of persistent symptoms. 


Contact details


CFS/ME Service
Michael Carlisle Centre
75 Osborne Road
S11 9BF

Tel: (0114) 2263232

Fax: (0114) 3540124

Manager: Anne Nichol