Our training will raise awareness and understanding of M.E./C.F.S. – something which is desperately needed!

The Current Situation (2019)

  • 250,000+ M.E./C.F.S. patients in the UK (Unreliable statistics due to misdiagnosis and a lack of research)
  • 17-30 million M.E./C.F.S. patients worldwide. The Open Medical Foundation estimate that 91% of people affected by the condition are not yet diagnosed.
  • Patients with ‘mild severity’ have the potential to remain in work but many are having to leave employment due to a lack of suitable working practices. These same people are struggling to prove eligibility for any kind of disability allowance and are finding themselves in dire financial situations.
  • There is an unhelpful lack of flexibility in terms of working practices;
  • There is a substantial level of stigma and disbelief surrounding the condition;
  • Students are dropping out of school, college or university because educational professionals do not know how to support within existing disability frameworks;
  • There is a lack of awareness, it is not ‘just tiredness’;
  • The M.E./C.F.S community is a large economic burden.

Why does the M.E./C.F.S. Community need help?

  • It’s an ‘invisible’ condition and is surrounded by stigma;
  • Lack of support from outside the circle of immediate family and close friends;
  • Feeling of being ‘left’, no treatment or support;
  • Worrying suicide rate;
  • Increased knowledge and awareness= Increased research funding;
  • Financial difficulty – Keep M.E./C.F.S. patients in work where possible;
  • We need the wider community to fight alongside us to tackle the global M.E./C.F.S. health crisis.

What are the Benefits to YOU?


  • Keep hold of talented staff;
  • You will be able to adequately support patients you have a duty of care over;
  • Being informed prevents harm being done to patients and keeps them engaged;
  • You save money on training and recruitment by keeping existing staff;
  • Become ‘invisible disability friendly’;
  • Flexible working = happy staff.
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  • Improve attendance;
  • Improve relationships with students, parents, and M.E./C.F.S. affected staff;
  • You will be able to adequately support M.E./C.F.S. patients over whom you have a duty of care;
  • Being informed prevents harm to M.E./C.F.S. patients;
  • Reduce complaints;
  • Become ‘invisible disability friendly’.
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  • Improve relationships with patients, build a level of trust and respect;
  • Reduce complaints;
  • Create a ‘safe’ environment for M.E./C.F.S. patients;
  • Know that patients are not being harmed by inadequate support and a lack of education.
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What can you expect from the course?

Stripy Lightbulb CIC’s training is an original concept, there is no equivalent worldwide. We are a unique social enterprise that has been created by a person with M.E./C.F.S. for the benefit of the M.E./C.F.S. community.

  • What is M.E./C.F.S? (Including history, context, wider social/economic/political issues):
    • Symptoms;
    • Differences in severity;
    • Diagnosis;
    • Treatment;
  • How you can support M.E./C.F.S. patients;
  • What suitable adjustments can be made?
  • What level of support is appropriate?
  • Why non-disclosure is important;
  • The course contains industry-specific modules;
  • The courses are CPD accredited.

The Cost of the Course

Single seats are £89, but there are Group Discounts:

25+ Seats – 10% Discount.

If you require over 50 seats, please contact us and we will provide a bespoke quote.

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