Jon Siddall, Director of Funding, Guy's and St Thomas' Charity
Apr 16, 2018
It is somewhat unsurprising to point out that multimorbidity is a complex issue.
Anyone who has experienced managing multiple chronic health conditions will tell you that it makes life complicated – multiple advice, from multiple health and care professionals, on multiple conditions paints a confusing picture. And that’s just the experience of trying to access support.
We also know that the distribution of these impacts is unequal – in diverse, urban areas like Lambeth, black residents are 60% more likely to have three or more long-term conditions than white residents.
Social context – the places and communities in which people live – also appears to have a significant impact on the progression to multiple conditions. Our recent work suggests social context is critical in explaining why people with multiple long-term conditions living in the most deprived areas typically develop their conditions 10-15 years before people in more affluent ones.
It’s possibly the complexity of this issue – in the causes, impacts and approaches to supporting people with multiple conditions – that has resulted in so little being understood about what’s happening and what to do about it. Whilst at the same time, we hear that multimorbidity, if left unaddressed, has the capacity to bankrupt our public finances.
In September, Kieron shared his thoughts on why we think multimorbidity is one of the biggest emerging health challenges in the UK. Through our new programme, we’ve been connecting with partners locally, nationally and internationally to better understand the issue and start doing something about it – to make a genuine improvement to the lives of people living with multiple long-term conditions.
The Taskforce is bringing key people from national and local statutory and voluntary sectors – including Alzheimer’s Society, National Voices, the Institute of Health Equity, NHS Digital and The King’s Fund – together with experts with lived experience of multiple long-term conditions, to oversee a wide-ranging programme of work to improve care and support for people who live with more than one long-term condition.
Through the new Taskforce we hope to better understand the issue, identify solutions and contribute what we’re finding through our work on multiple-long-term conditions in Lambeth and Southwark.
04 October, 2019
Alongside Demos, we explored the connection between people's personal finances and poor health, and identified four key ways to better design financial interventions to help people with multiple long-term conditions.
30 September, 2019
Our Portfolio Managers, Rohan Martyres and Matt Towner, explore the social risk factors strand of our programme on multiple long-term conditions, and how we plan to support improvements to wider social aspects of how people live, work and age.
26 September, 2019
Our Portfolio Manager, Michael Parsons, explores our vision for what healthcare is - place-based, insight-led and more than just disease - and how we plan to intervene through our healthcare strand to slow people's progression from one to many multiple conditions.