Slowing down people’s progression to multiple long-term health conditions and improving their quality of life
Multiple long-term conditions is a growing health issue which has a large impact on peoples’ lives and is a significant burden on the health system.
We work in Lambeth and Southwark, two highly urban, diverse and deprived areas. Here, over one in five residents are believed to live with at least one long-term condition, and over 19,000 live with three or more.
There is no widely agreed definition for multiple long-term conditions, which is also sometimes known as multimorbidity. We use it to describe the case where someone lives with three or more long-term health conditions for which there is currently no cure but which can be treated – such as asthma, diabetes or depression.
The reasons why people develop a long-term condition or progress to having multiple are complex and mixed. For example, many of the local people with multiple long-term conditions live in the most deprived areas of our boroughs, and develop their conditions on average 13 years before neighbours in more affluent areas. We also know common health related risk factors, including smoking, alcohol consumption or high blood pressure, play an important role.
Our focus is on slowing down the progression to multiple conditions in our local population and to support people with multiple long-term conditions to live lives they value. We're paying particular attention to the variation in progression from one to many multiple conditions, focusing our efforts on those at greatest risk of developing multiple conditions.
Working in our place, the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, we're layering up activities, working with many organisations, community groups and residents to test and run projects that slow down progression and improve people’s lives.
31 July, 2018
An ambitious cross-sector partnership to improve the lives of people with multiple long-term conditions in the UK
28 July, 2018
30 August, 2017
Our programme to improve the lives of people living with several chronic health conditions