The second report from the Taskforce for Multiple Conditions portrays 10 practical case studies of solutions from across the country that work for people living with long term conditions.
There is still lots to understand about the causes, consequences and the best strategies to prevent people rapidly progressing from having one long-term health condition to many. Over 15 million people in the UK live with one long-term health condition, and around three million more have three or more. This report outlines lessons from Luton, Southwark, Gateshead and other places that have developed practical solutions to help people with multiple conditions.
The report also outlines key elements that work for people with multiple long-term conditions. These include the importance of engaging people in helping to design services, focusing on prevention and sustainability and allowing for meaningful conversations with health and social care professionals, supported by tools like personal plans.
The report offers a collection of examples of practice by organisations that can help inform activity in the future, examining the demographic context of the projects, what had been achieved, what lessons can be learnt, and the next steps organisations are taking to build on their knowledge.
The second report from the Taskforce on Multiple Conditions builds on the learning from in-depth interviews with people with multiple long-term conditions in the Just one thing after another published by the Taskforce in October 2018.
More than eight million people in England live with three or more long-term health conditions, and there is still a significant amount to learn about what causes and speeds up the progression of people from one to multiple long-term health conditions. Whilst there are many healthcare professionals and organisations working to improve the health and wellbeing of those living with multiple long-term conditions, they often find it difficult to access knowledge of what others were doing and learn from their experience.
The report is designed to help local practitioners, clinicians, community workers and social enterprises plan services that meet the needs of people living with multiple conditions and tackle the complex social, environmental and economic circumstances that can lead to people living with more than one long-term condition.
The Taskforce on Multiple Conditions is cross-sector partnership between The Richmond Group of Charities, The Royal College of General Practitioners and Guy's and St Thomas' Charity to learn more about the causes of, and potential solutions to, the growing health challenges of multiple long-term conditions.
Whilst ten case studies present a snapshot of a much bigger picture, we welcome the exploration of practical solutions that can help design strategies for people living with multiple long-term conditions. The common elements, with some flexibility to take account for local circumstances, can provide a framework for service providers to effectively tackle the complex issue of multiple conditions.
We hope the report helps to inform the work of those supporting people living with multiple conditions and look forward to drawing on the examples across our programme focused on slowing down people’s progression from one to many long-term conditions.
12 November, 2019
This programme provides social enterprises delivering health and wellbeing initiatives with training and funding to improve their impact and sustainability. Eight organisations in Lambeth and Southwark receive grants and a year-long programme of support.