Rohan Martyres, Portfolio Manager, and Matt Towner, Portfolio Manager, Guy's and St Thomas' Charity
Sep 30, 2019
We are supporting improvements to wider social aspects of how people live, work and age, to slow down the progression from one to multiple long-term conditions.
As part of our multiple long-term conditions programme, our social risk factors strand will do two things. It will test specific interventions to help us achieve our goal, and to build an evidence base for what works to improve meaningful work, financial health and housing for people at risk of developing long-term conditions. It will also investigate if these changes then improve people’s physical and mental health.
From our work with King's College London, we know that people living in the areas with the highest levels of deprivation develop long-term conditions earlier than those living in the most affluent areas. We think this means a person's social circumstances can either slow down or speed up progression to multiple long-term conditions.
Drawing on the evidence, we have decided to focus on three social risk factors that impact people’s health: meaningful work, financial health and housing. Research shows that these key factors can significantly affect the health of working age adults and are amenable to change. We believe these areas are our best opportunity to test if and how addressing the wider social context can both slow down progression to multiple long-term conditions and impact the health of people in a local area.
We have recently published two major pieces of research to help inform the social risk factors strand of our multiple long-term conditions programme, and identify areas for action.
Our research with partner Rocket Science on what works to support people with long-term conditions to access and maintain meaningful work highlights the importance of employers making changes to the workplace. This will support the health of both those with long-term conditions and the wider workforce.
Our research with Demos on the types of activity that can improve people's financial health shows people only seek this support when they are in a financial crisis. At this point, the stress of the situation can trigger further health problems.
We are currently developing how to intervene in housing, which we will share in 2020.
Based on the findings of the research, we are looking to work with partners to help us carry out work in Lambeth and Southwark focused on meaningful work and financial health.
On meaningful work, we are looking for partners to help us explore:
We are also interested in working with organisations that can help us test interventions to improve the financial health of people at risk. This could mean:
If you have an idea, we are keen to hear from you.
Portfolio Manager: Rohan Martyres
Portfolio Manager: Matt Towner
23 April, 2020
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