In 2012 the Department of Health (DH) carried out some work with other government departments with the aim of developing a strategy on long term conditions. As part of that work, DH held stakeholder workshops and asked people to share their views, ideas and experiences on long term conditions on this site. Comments closed on 15 June 2012 but you can still read what people said.

The Department of Health is committed to enhancing quality of life for people with long term conditions. In November 2012 the government published the first NHS Mandate, which included an ambition to be among the best in Europe at supporting people with ongoing health problems to live healthily and independently.

The mandate gives responsibility to the NHS Commissioning Board (NHS CB) for leading on producing proposals to help make life better for people with long term conditions in England, by giving people:

  • support to develop the skills for self care and to become experts in their own health
  • a personalised care plan if they want one
  • better co-ordinated care based on what each person wants

As this work is being led by the NHS CB, the Department of Health has not produced a long term conditions strategy as planned. However, we have shared what we have learned from stakeholders, and the digital engagement, with the Commissioning Board to inform its work.

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.

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.

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

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.

Alf Collins tells a story about a different way of working

Alf Collins

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

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

Don Redding blogs on importance of patient voices

Don Redding, Director of Policy at National Voices, has written a blog on the long term conditions strategy. In the article he emphasises that ‘a strategy that seeks to affect outcomes can only succeed to the extent it engages, activates … Read more → – Don Redding blogs on importance of patient voices

Couple talk about living and caring with long term conditions

Di Hopkins and Jeff Hopkins, who are married, have both written blogs about how their life together is affected by long term conditions. Di talks about her experience of living with diabetes, hyperthyroidism and multiple sclerosis. Jeff discusses how their … Read more → – Couple talk about living and caring with long term conditions

Have your say on long term conditions strategy

The Department of Health is asking people to comment on what should be covered by the cross-government long term conditions strategy. We are drafting the strategy at the moment and plan to publish it towards the end of this year. The strategy … Read more → – Have your say on long term conditions strategy