The Department of Health is working with other government departments to develop a strategy on long term conditions. The aim is to provide a clear direction and vision of how services can work together to:

  • help prevent or delay long term conditions where possible
  • improve quality of life and independence for people with long term conditions

We are asking people to give us their views, ideas and experiences to help us create that vision within the long term conditions strategy.

Find out more about the strategy.

Christine Harrison talks about neurological ME

In this short audio clip, Christine Harrison of BRAME talks about the draft shared goals for the long term conditions strategy and the problems facing people living with neurological ME. listen to ‘Christine Harrison, BRAME’ on Audioboo //

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We do it already… don’t we? – Simon Eaton

As clinicians working with people with long term conditions, we are all patient-centred aren’t we? It’s hard to imagine anyone coming to work intending not to listen to their patients or aiming to ignore their thoughts or ideas. And yet, … Read more → – We do it already… don’t we? – Simon Eaton

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Adapting to life with long term conditions – Anya de longh

I am a 22 year old with 3 long term conditions diagnosed in the last 18 months: Chiari malformation, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. These conditions have had an enormous impact on my whole life. I have been … Read more → – Adapting to life with long term conditions – Anya de longh

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Time to tackle the artificial divide between physical and mental health – Sean Duggan

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People with long term physical conditions are the most frequent users of the NHS. Long term physical illnesses affect some 30% of the population of England, or some 15 million people. Mental health conditions, meanwhile, affect about 10 million of … Read more → – Time to tackle the artificial divide between physical and mental health – Sean Duggan

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Helen Ramsbottom of Age UK talks about long term conditions

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In this video, Helen Ramsbottom of Age UK talks about the long term conditions strategy and how she wants different parts of government to consider how they can contribute to the strategy.

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Melanie Cressey of Age UK Camden talks about dementia befriending

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In this video, Melanie Cressey talks about people with dementia and the problems they can face, and gives examples of how dementia befrienders in Age UK Camden make a difference.

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Information strategy aims to give people with long term conditions more control over their care

The Department of Health has published its information strategy – ‘The power of information’ – which sets out a ten year framework for transforming information for the NHS, public health and social care. The focus of the strategy is on … Read more → – Information strategy aims to give people with long term conditions more control over their care

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Paul Burstow talks about the long term conditions strategy – video

Minister of State for Care Services Paul Burstow talks about the aims of the long term conditions strategy and encourages people to share their views.

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Alf Collins tells a story about a different way of working

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Dr Alf Collins, a community based specialist in pain management, has written a blog about a doctor taking over an established clinic working with people with long term conditions. It soon becomes clear that there are better ways of running … Read more → – Alf Collins tells a story about a different way of working

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Sue Roberts blogs on the Year of Care programme

Sue Roberts, Chair of Year of Care Partnerships at Northumbria Healthcare Foundation Trust, has written a blog about the lessons that can be learnt from the Year of Care programme for the management of long term conditions. Read Sue Roberts’ … Read more → – Sue Roberts blogs on the Year of Care programme

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