Tackling Long Term Conditions: Working in Partnership to Effect Real Change

When Oct 27, 2015 from 08:30 AM to 04:15 PM
Where London
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The statistics around long term conditions are well rehearsed: one in four of us – some 15 million people – are living with one or more of them. These people are cited as the biggest consumers of health and social care, with around 70% of the NHS budget spent on their care and support.

The NHS Five Year Forward View (5YFV), the blueprint for the future of the health service, acknowledges that long term conditions are now a central task of the NHS, stating that “caring for these needs requires a partnership with patients over the long term rather than providing single, unconnected ‘episodes’ of care”. The 5YFV heralds a change of focus to the management of networks of care rather than single organisations; further development of out-of-hospital care; and proper integration of services around the patient. It aims to challenge the traditional divide between patients and professionals, “offering opportunities for better health through increased prevention and supported self-care.”

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