King's College London

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King's College London is one of the oldest universities in the United Kingdom.[1] Several other notable institutions have merged with King's College over the years, including Guy's, King's and St Thomas's School of Medicine, and The Institute of Psychiatry.[1]

Notable people[edit | edit source]

Florence Nightingale is one of King's most notable historical people.

History[edit | edit source]

The clinic[edit | edit source]

Professor Sir Simon Wessely was treating patients with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome at the clinic for many years. [2]

ME/CFS Researchers[edit | edit source]

Freedom of Information Act requests[edit | edit source]

King's College London refused to provide information requested about "substantiated claims of harassment of allegations of threats" to staff under the Freedom of Information Act, claiming this information was exempt from disclosure on the grounds that it may identify individuals.[3] However, controversial researcher Sir Simon Wessely, who is employed by King's College has repeatedly identified himself as the victim of harassment, abuse and even death threats in a number of news articles.

Online presence[edit | edit source]

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ME/CFS website[edit | edit source]

Kings was the UK’s biggest promoter of the biopsychosocial approach to CFS. From 2006-2021 it ran a multi-page website which gave an insight into the model. An archive of the website can still be found [1]

Their unit website said:

"The Persistent Physical Symptoms Research and Treatment Unit [&] is a national specialist service undertaking assessment, treatment and research regarding chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS, sometimes known as ‘ME’).  The unit is a partnership between King's College London, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre." 

& until 2022 stated that:

"Our routine treatment is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), which has been shown in several randomised controlled trials to be an effective intervention for CFS/ME. We also provide Graded Exercise Therapy (GET) and are also now seeing patients with fatigue in relation to chronic diseases. " 


In response to the 2021 NICE guidelines update, the website was changed and service became targeted towards “fatigue, pain, irritable bowel symptoms and non-cardiac chest pain“ with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome notably largely removed and chronic fatigue put in its place. An assertion that “Our routine treatment is cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), which has been shown in several randomised controlled trials to be an effective intervention for CFS/ME” still remains:

although it is absent from their other website:

David Tuller covered this transition & Dr Charles Shepherd‘s letter to the service following the NICE update, in his blog:

Further links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 King's College London. "About Us - History". Retrieved February 21, 2019.
  2. "Q&A with Sir Simon Wessely". Royal Society of Medicine. October 2, 2017. Retrieved September 14, 2022.
  3. King's College London (January 17, 2017). "Freedom of Information Act request 370916, response 921879" (PDF).