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.

Long term conditions site to be archived

On 26 March 2013, the Department of Health’s long term conditions site will be archived. This means you will still be able to access all the content that is on the long term conditions site on this date, but it … Read more → – Long term conditions site to be archived

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Comments on long term conditions strategy have now closed

We have closed comments on the long term conditions strategy. Thank you to everyone who has submitted their views, thoughts and ideas on the strategy. We have received 478 responses on the long term conditions strategy site, plus more by … Read more → – Comments on long term conditions strategy have now closed

Pro-Active Care model – Dr Tuan Nguyen

When I was a GP in Liverpool, I developed the Pro-Active Care (PAC) model. The foundation of the model is to place the individual at the centre of all decision making. Individuals and their carers/families are supported by a wraparound … Read more → – Pro-Active Care model – Dr Tuan Nguyen

Last chance to have your say on the long term conditions strategy

This is the last week to comment on what should be covered by the cross-government long term conditions strategy. The deadline for comments is 15 June. We are drafting the strategy at the moment and plan to publish it towards the end … Read more → – Last chance to have your say on the long term conditions strategy

Creating more mature relationships between professionals and users of services – Bernd Sass, Disability Rights UK

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Disabled people and people with long term conditions are experts and masters in improving their life chances and other outcomes.  Every condition is both a crisis and an opportunity to reassess life, set new priorities and – most importantly – … Read more → – Creating more mature relationships between professionals and users of services – Bernd Sass, Disability Rights UK

Occupational therapists and the long term conditions agenda – Amy Edwards

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Work to produce the long term conditions strategy has highlighted a number of key challenges. One is how to deliver integrated services, so that the person with one or a number of long term conditions experiences understanding and continuity in … Read more → – Occupational therapists and the long term conditions agenda – Amy Edwards

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

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

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

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