Fatigue Management: An evidence-based pragmatic approach: 2-day course

DATE / TIME 16/04/2024 - 17/04/2024
All Day


EVENT DESCRIPTION

 

https://www.vitality360.co.uk/events

Working with fatigue can be complex.

However, with a strategy to support assessment and intervention it can feel much clearer.

 

Fiona Mckechnie and Beverly Knops have spent most of their professional lives (over 30 years each) working in this clinical area. They will share their experience in transferring scientific evidence into pragmatic, actionable strategies that clients can put into practice straight away.

You will leave with

· More confidence

· Skills you can use immediately in your clinical practice

 

Relevant for professionals already working in specialist fatigue services and those working with persistent fatigue in other settings

Book Your Seat HERE

Your Course Providers:

Beverly Knops, Specialist Occupational Therapist

Beverly has spent most of her career working with people experiencing persistent pain and fatigue. She worked in North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) for 29 years, starting in Rheumatology services, then moving into the Specialist Pain and ME/CFS services. Beverly says that her main achievement at NBT was leading the patient volunteer programme. She trained and supervised patients with lived experience who are now involved in all aspects of the service. During this time she also spent a period of nine years working one day a week for the Bath Paediatric ME/CFS service, developing her knowledge and expertise in this age group. In 2012 Beverly started work as an Associate Therapist with Vitality360. In 2018 she was asked to take on the management of the company following a difficult decision in 2021 to leave the NHS. She now leads this team full time. Beverly was a trustee for BACME for a period of 8 years where she was actively involved in the training stream, including supporting 4 conferences. She recently stood down from this position to join the Vocational Rehabilitation Association board where she is keen to bring her expertise in pain and fatigue but also learn more about how we can optimise the chance of people with persistent symptoms returning to and sustaining work.

Publications:

Living with ME and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome by Dr Gerald Coakley and Beverly Knops

2022 Penguin Books

 

Fiona Mckechnie Senior Occupational Therapist in Bristol ME service and Associate Therapist with Vitality360.

She has a particular interest in an interdisciplinary and mindfulness-based approaches to fatigue and is a trainer and supervisor in ME/CFS and mindfulness. Fiona has worked in ME services since 1998, including the inpatient service for severely affected at Oldchurch Hospital, Romford, the ME Centre in Essex, Action for ME and, since 2007, Bristol ME Service. She has extensive experience in employment issues for those living with ME/CFS. She has also done additional work in mindfulness for stress and anxiety in primary care and mindfulness for cancer with the Penny Brohn Centre and the National Centre for Integrative Medicine. Fiona is a trustee of BACME.

Qualifications:

Postgraduate Diploma in OT

Teaching Certificate and MSc in Mindfulness-Based approaches.

ILM-5 coach

EMDR practitioner

Publications:

Mindfulness-Based Therapy for Managing Fatigue by Fiona Mckechnie

Jessica Kingsley Publishers