Who are we?
Dr Sue Pemberton, PhD, MSc, BHSc, Dip. COT
Therapy Director and Specialist Occupational Therapist
I am a qualified occupational therapist with over 26 years’ experience working in the NHS. I started working with people with CFS/ME when I was asked to design the original therapy programme for the Leeds & West Yorkshire CFS/ME Service in 1990. This programme was then adopted by many other CFS/ME Services across the UK. In 2003 I was selected as the Regional Clinical Champion for the condition for the North, East and West Yorkshire area. As the Consultant Occupational Therapist, I led the service to deliver some of the best clinical outcomes in England for CFS/ME (as benchmarked by the National Outcomes Database run by the University of Bristol). Patients who used the service gave it a 97% satisfaction rating recommending the knowledge and expertise of our team.
I have had the opportunity over my career to teach and train others about CFS/ME through national training events. Recently I have been involved in developing awareness around the area of employment. I am proud that my work over the years has been recognised by national charities, such as Action for ME and the Association of Young People with ME. I also co-edited the self help guide "Fighting Fatigue: a practical guide to managing the symptoms of CFS/ME" in 2009 which you can buy on Amazon by clicking the link on the right:
This will be used as a companion guide to the therapy programme offered by the Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic.
In 2012 I set up the Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic in collaboration with Dr Philip Wood, with the aim of providing the best quality of care for people with fatigue disorders and concentrating on developing new treatment approaches linked to the latest medical research. Since setting up the clinic I have completed my research study on activity patterns in CFS/ME to obtain my PhD. This knowledge helps us to individualise therapy programmes to achieve the best outcomes.
We want to use our knowledge and expertise to help you.
Dr. Philip Wood D.Phil. (Oxon). FRCP FRCPath
Consultant Immunologist & Allergist, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer, School of Medicine, University of Leeds
Medical Advisor to the Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic
I have been a Consultant Clinical Immunologist and Allergist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS trust since January 2002. I trained in medicine at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, from where I graduated in 1991 after undertaking a degree in immunology. After completing general medical training I spent three years as a medical research fellow at the University of Oxford. Subsequently I undertook higher specialist training in clinical immunology and allergy in Birmingham, and spent the last 18 months of my training as a clinical lecturer in Immunology at Birmingham University.
Alongside my immunology and allergy practice, I have developed a special interest in post-viral fatigue and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. I realised that specialists working alongside each other was the way to give the best quality care and in 2004 joined the West Yorkshire CFS/ME service, alongside Sue Pemberton. During this time we developed a highly effective assessment and therapy service, where my input was to help individuals understand how their symptoms may have developed and to understand how the therapy offered led to improvement in physical functioning. I was a member of the group commissioned by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) to develop clinical guidelines for the diagnosis and management of CFS/ME.
Chronic fatigue states are conditions where many doctors have only limited knowledge and expertise, and I try to provide this expertise to sufferers with such illnesses. My main aims with my practice are to help individuals understand how changes in the normal balance between the immune system, the ‘stress’ system and the brain can result in chronic fatigue states and how the appropriate advice can lead to significant improvement in health.
The aims of the Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic are simple: to help you get a clear answer about your illness, to understand it and to support your recovery.
Kelly Morgan, BHSc
Specialist Occupational Therapist
I became aware of the extent CFS/ME affected young people with this condition when I became a volunteer with the Association of Young People with ME in 1996. I was a 'buddy' to a number of severely affected members from whom I learnt a great deal about the far reaching difficulties associated with CFS/ME. I remained involved with national and regional groups, taking a variety of roles, until 2006 when I went to university to study occupational therapy.
Whilst at university I was asked to combine my knowledge of CFS/ME and the principles of occupational therapy to contribute to 'Severe CFS/ME: Guide to Living' by Emily Collingridge. This comprehensive reference book is for people with the condition, carers and professionals and combines expertise on an area that remains misunderstood and frightening to many.
In 2009 I qualified as an occupational therapist, initally working in older peoples' services before joining the Leeds & West Yorkshire CFS/ME Service. I worked as a Senior Specialist for over two years before joining the Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic in 2013.
I sincerely believe people deserve quality care and our aim at the service is to put the person and their needs at the heart of our practice.
Joseph Bradley, BSc OT, MRES
Specialist Occupational Therapist
I am a qualified occupational therapist, having practising primarily in the NHS, for over ten years. I have clinical experience in a number of areas including general medical, cardio, respiratory, functional and organic mental health problems, surgery and orthopaedics, hand therapy and rheumatology, and most recently CFS/ME. This varied experience provides me with a wide awareness of health conditions that can help in understanding health problems and how these impact on an individual. Having worked at the Leeds and West Yorkshire CFS/ME service for over two years, I joined the team at the Yorkshire Fatigue Clinic in November 2013.
The variety of my experience has given me familiarity with a number of therapeutic approaches that can be used according to someone’s needs, context, and the health condition they are managing. I also have had experience of chronic health problems both personally and in those close to me, and I aim to approach my work considering the complexities of physiological, psychological, and social aspects of a person and their daily lives.
Having completed a National Institute of Health Research funded Master’s degree in Health Research, I am keen to utilise research skills both in evaluating and applying latest research information in practise, but also in contributing research and information to the existing evidence base.