The Multiple Long-Term Conditions Challenge Fund supports research projects that can help us understand more about the health, social and community factors that may play a part in people’s progression from one to many long-term conditions. This Fund is administered on our behalf by King’s College London.
Research into multiple long-term conditions is an important priority both within our local boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark, and more widely across the UK and internationally.
The Multiple Long-Term Conditions Challenge Fund will award a total of £1m, supporting projects lasting up to 18 months with up to £125k per project. We expect to make around 8-10 awards in total, split over two rounds.
01 November 2018
19 November 2018
21 January 2019
01 July 2019
The primary focus of the Fund is to examine the progression from one to many long-term conditions in working age adults in Lambeth and Southwark, and how this progression could be slowed down or halted. We are particularly interested in exploring this issue among people living on lower incomes, or people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.
We are looking for applications from across the medical and social sciences. The scope of the call includes, but is not limited to:
• Primary data collection
• New analysis of existing data
• Action research or applied research projects
We will consider applications for research with populations outside of Lambeth and Southwark if the knowledge generated can be related back or compared to our local poplations.
Diagnosis or management of individual long-term conditions is out of scope unless applicants are explicitly examining how this could slow down progression to multiple long-term conditions.
In our work, we want to better understand some of the complex health challenges facing local communities. Research plays an important role in helping us learn and explore new initiatives or examine and develop innovations.
Over 15 million people in the UK live with one long-term health condition and around three million have three or more. However, despite the scale of the problem, little is currently known about the journey from one condition to multiple, and the contributory interplay of the risk factors and context fuelling it.
Our recent research exploring people’s progression from one to many long-term conditions in Lambeth and Southwark showed that health, social and community factors seem to impact on progression. Through our multiple long-term conditions programme, our goal is to slow down the progression of people at highest risk of developing multiple long-term conditions, bringing rates in line with the average population.
New research will help us understand more about the health, social and community factors that may impact on progression from one to many conditions.
We're working with projects that can improve health, address social factors and build relationships and agency within communities. Our Challenge Fund will allow us to explore helpful new research in these areas.
Given the local scope of this work, this Challenge Fund is focused on collabortions across King’s Health Partners. Applications should be led from an organisation part of King’s Health Partners, namely King’s College London; King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust.
Where additional relevant expertise and data is available beyond King's Health Partners, applications should consider including co-investigators or collaborators who can provide this. Likewise, external researchers interested in collaborating in this scheme can make contact with King’s Health Partners to be matched with an appropriate collaborator.
While the Fund seeks impact on a local level, we also encourage applicants to think about how the research can have impact beyond King's Health Partners and our local communities.
For more information on eligibility and funding available please visit the Multiple Long-Term Conditions Challenge Fund webpage.
Research into why particular people develop multiple long-term conditions and the rate of progression from a single condition to multiple is at a relatively early stage. In addition, much of the research to date has studied older populations rather than adults of working age.
Through the Challenge Fund, we look to build a body of evidence to help plug some of the greatest gaps in knowledge, for example:
Project Manager: Kate Langford
To apply, go to the Fund webpage
05 October, 2018
"Just one thing after another": Living with Multiple Conditions explores how it feels to live with multiple long-term health conditions (MLTCs).
02 August, 2018
Supporting health and community collaborations to improve health for people with complex care needs.
28 July, 2018
We've looked at data and talked with local people to learn more about how and why people progress to multiple conditions.