Action for ME
Action for ME, or AfME, is a patient charity and is registered in England and Wales: 1036419 and registered in Scotland: SC040452.
The 2013 Action for ME Statement of Strategic Intent outlines three strategic touchstones for 2013-2016: Inform and Influence, Empower and Support, Research. Their priorities are: Awareness and understanding, health, welfare, research, employment.
Our vision, mission and values
- Our vision is a world without M.E.
- Our mission is empowering people with M.E. to fulfil their potential and secure the care and support they need, while working towards a greater understanding of the illness and ultimately a cure.
- Shared values are held with high regard in our organisation and reflect how we seek to work with our supporters, partners and other key stakeholders. They reflect the attitudes, beliefs and behaviour that we value in each other and underpin our whole approach and culture.
Apart from a small grant in Scotland, Action for M.E. receives no Government funding. Support comes from public and corporate donations.
- Sonya Chowdhury (Chief Executive)
- Julia Newton (Joint Medical Advisor)
- Gregor Purdie (Joint Medical Advisor)
- David Puttnam
- Clare Francis (President)
Controversy and conflicts of interest
Action For ME did not sign the open letter to Psychological Medicine signed by over 100 signatories including scientists and charities . Numerous patients requested and pursued AFME to sign an open letter to Psychological Medicine in March but after two month delay they issued their statement in May. AFME recently published its response patient concerns regarding the use of CBT and GET and the PACE trial for patients and their failure to sign to the open letter to Psychological Medicine  . All major charities from around the world signed with the notable exception of AFME.
Despite repeated requests AFME have still not made a statement about a talk that Esther Crawley, who is a medical advisor and receives funding from AFME, presented at a renal conference that maligned patients and accused David Tuller of libel.
Involvement in PACE trial
AFME were involved from the beginning by supporting the PACE trial and its researchers from 2003. AFME do not refer to their involvement with the PACE trial now. However archives are available of their involvement. The PACE trial would not have been funded or conducted without patient support, which AFME provided.
- "Despite the anger in the patient community, the investigators were able to enlist Action For ME, another major advocacy group, to help design the pacing intervention. They called their operationalization of the strategy “adaptive pacing therapy,” or APT."
- The Oxford criteria was used for PACE trial participation. The PACE trial was designed with input from the charity, Action for ME.
- "From the outset, Action for M.E. and a number of patients were involved in the design of the trial."
- "The major innovations in this application include close collaboration with Action for ME."
In February 2016 the charity wrote an open letter to Queen Mary University of London supporting the release of the PACE trial data. 
Unlike most charities and many ME charities, AFME does not allow its paying members to become legal members of the charity and therefore have no input into the direction of the charity and voting rights. It only recognises its own trustees as members.
YouTube Channel Videos
- May 12, 2016, What is ME? with Prof Julia Newton and Dr Gregor Purdie
- May 11, 2016, M.E. and social care
- May 09, 2016, Don't Ignore M.E.
Charities Commission and Financial Details
- Action for ME - Home Page
- Action for ME - About
- Action for ME Statement of Strategic Intent - 2013-2016
- Our vision, mission and values - Action for ME
- Action for ME - Make a Difference
- Taming the Gorilla
- Protocol for the PACE trial: A randomised controlled trial of adaptive pacing, cognitive behaviour therapy, and graded exercise as supplements to standardised specialist medical care versus standardised specialist medical care alone for patients with the chronic fatigue syndrome/myalgic encephalomyelitis or encephalopathy - Adaptive Pacing Therapy - Biomed Central
- Action for ME - Wikipedia: Action for ME
- Action for ME - About Us - CEO
- https://www.actionforme.org.uk/news/board-of-trustees-on-cbt-get-and-pace/ this response
- TRIAL BY ERROR: The Troubling Case of the PACE Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Study PART TWO: The Origins of the PACE Trial
- Pace Trial - Centre for Psychiatry - QMUL
- PACE study results – Medical Research Council (UK) news report, 18 February 2011 - ME Association
- April 2011: Analysis of PACE Trial results - Association of Young People with ME
- Comment on the statement by Sir Peter Spencer of Action for ME Margaret Williams - 19th April 2011
- Our letter in support of PACE trial data release