This Employers’ Online CPD Accredited Course teaches learners that M.E./C.F.S. is much more than simply a health condition.

Upon completion of this three module course, learners will know why M.E./C.F.S. is a global health crisis, how patients are diagnosed with the condition, and know the challenges M.E./C.F.S. presents within a working environment and be able to identify possible solutions.


M.E./C.F.S. patients with a ‘mild’​ level of severity would be able to continue working part-time if their employer understood the condition and offered appropriate adjustments.

At the current time (2019), M.E/C.F.S. patients are having to leave employment due to a lack of appropriate support. Employers would benefit by not having to train replacement staff or go through a lengthy recruitment process.

CPD Accredited Course #1001823 - 3 CPD Credits


The Cost of the Course

We have adopted a ‘Pay What You Can Afford’ payment scheme. 

Our online training is free to those who cannot afford to pay but we would ask everybody else to pay what they can afford (£10 is our suggested minimum payment per ‘seat’). This applies to both individual and group licences.

When deciding how much to pay, please remember that, as a CIC, we give 50% of our surplus to Cure M.E. for biomedical research into the disease you will be learning about.

Group Licenses are for two or more people (with one being the ‘Group Leader/Admin’).

If you require over 50 seats, please contact us.


Why do Employers need to know about M.E./C.F.S?

  • You will know how to keep patients in work where possible. As a community, we have a large economic burden and are often not eligible for disability benefits due to the fluctuating nature of the condition.
  • You will be able to help the wellbeing of patients;
  • Improve attrition rates;
  • Knowledge of the condition and appropriate adaptations = USP for customers with M.E./C.F.S.;
  • Knowledge helps to reduce stigma felt in the workplace and wider community;
  • Suggested adaptations for M.E./C.F.S. are, in part, suitable for most other chronic illnesses (including Fibromyalgia, Lyme Disease and Lupus).

What is Covered in Stripy Lightbulb CIC’s Business Training for M.E./C.F.S.


Module One: Context

‘Why is M.E./C.F.S. A Global Health Crisis?’

Learning Aim: The learner will be able to explain why M.E./C.F.S. is a global health crisis.

Learning Objectives of Module One

By the end of the module, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify the other names given to the condition and why multiple names cause confusion
  • Explain the origins of the stigma surrounding M.E./C.F.S.
  • Identify the wider economic impact

Module two: What is M.E./C.F.S.?

‘How are patients diagnosed with the condition?’

Learning Aim: The learner will be able to explain why getting an M.E./C.F.S. diagnosis is a lengthy and complicated process.

Learning Objectives of Module Two

By the end of the module, the learner will be able to:

  • Identify common misconceptions surrounding the condition
  • Explain the neurological nature of M.E./C.F.S.
  • Identify the key characteristic of M.E./C.F.S.
  • Explain and identify the current diagnostic process
  • Identify the different levels of severity in the M.E./C.F.S. spectrum

Module Three: Business and M.E./C.F.S.

‘What challenges does M.E./C.F.S. present within a business working environment?’

This third and final module is industry specific.

Learning Aim: The learner will be able to identify the challenges faced by an M.E./C.F.S. patient within their working environment.

Learning Objectives of Module Three

By the end of the module the learner will be able to:

  • Identify how M.E./C.F.S. patients manage their energy levels
  • Discuss current challenges faced by M.E./C.F.S. patients within business working environments
  • Identify where and how adjustments could be made