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Long Term Conditions Strategy Consultation

The Department of Health (DH) is leading on the development of a cross-government long term conditions strategy.

The DH know that long term conditions can affect many aspects of people’s lives, not just their health.  So we want the strategy to set out a vision for how services such as health, social care, education, housing and others can work together to improve life chances and outcomes for people living with long term conditions.

This vision will cover helping to prevent or delay the onset of conditions, preventing deterioration of conditions and helping to develop joined up services to support people living with long term conditions.  The strategy won’t cover specific detail of how services are delivered.

The DH are asking people to comment until 15 June on what should be in the strategy.  They are not holding a formal consultation.

We aim to publish the strategy by the end of 2012 and it will apply to England only.

Shared goals

The strategy will contain common aims or ‘shared goals’, which we aim for all government departments to sign up to.  These goals haven’t been decided yet but we have drafted some for people to discuss.  If you want to, you can comment on these when you tell us what you think.  These are the draft shared goals:

  • People will be supported to stay healthy and avoid developing a long term condition, where possible.
  • People will have their conditions diagnosed early and quickly.
  • Services will be joined up, and based around individuals’ biological, psychological and social needs.
  • People with long term conditions will be socially included, including succeeding in work and education.
  • People with long term conditions will be as independent as possible and in control of their lives (up to and including the end of life).
  • People with long term conditions will be supported to stay as well as possible.

Cross-government group

The DH have set up a cross-government group to develop the long term conditions strategy.  This includes representatives from the:

  • Department of Health
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Department for Communities and Local Government
  • Department for Education
  • Home Office
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
  • Cabinet Office
  • Department for Transport
  • Department for Culture, Media and Sport
  • Department of Energy and Climate Change
  • Department for Business, Innovation and Skills

The group first met in February 2012 and will continue to meet at regular intervals to agree the content of the strategy.

Facts about long term conditions

  • There are 15.4 million people living with a long term condition in England.
  • Long term conditions affect people of all ages – in England 4.3 million people under 40 have a long term condition.
  • Care of people with long term conditions accounts for 70% of the total health and social care budget in England.
  • People with at least one long term condition are about 10% less likely to be in employment than people with none.
  • People with physical long term conditions are up to 3 to 4 times more likely to experience depression and anxiety disorders.

The Basic Questions are:- Your input is crucial to help them make the strategy as relevant as possible. When you comment, please consider:

  • What problems you face, either living with a long term condition or in your work affecting people with long term conditions, and how you think these problems could be tackled
  • How local services can work together to make life better for people with long term conditions.
  • How people with long term conditions can be experts in their own care and how services can be based on their individual needs
  • Your experiences of different ways of working or your ideas about this.
  • What common aims do you think government departments should be signing up to, relating to all long term conditions.

The DH want to your views on long term conditions and what should be in the strategy. To comment you have until 15 June they will then take into account everything posted before this date.  If you would prefer to respond by post please write to Long term conditions team, Room 2N16, Quarry House, Quarry Hill, Leeds LS2 7UE

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