Long term conditions

Three men stood around a table outside reading a nature leaflet It is estimated 8.8 million people in the UK have a long term condition. 

It is estimated 8.8 million people in the UK have a ‘long term condition.’

We’re developing resources to support social care workers to provide high quality care to people with long term conditions.

What is a long-term condition?

It’s something that cannot, at present, be cured but it can be controlled by medication and other therapies. It can be defined as an illness lasting longer than a year that will often worsen with time.

It can have physical, mental and social effects on a person and means they often need support to allow them to live independently. This could include housing, transport, employment, education, benefits and pension support.

Some examples of long term conditions are diabetes, heart disease and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In recent years, as treatments have advanced, HIV is also being seen as a long term condition.

How can we help?

We’re a member of The Coalition for Collaborative Care, working to ensure people with long term conditions have the right support, knowledge, skills and confidence to live the lives they want.

Have a look at our guide for supporting people with HIV.

To support you to develop your staff, we’ve worked with the National AIDS Trust to produce HIV: A guide for care providers.

This guide provides information about HIV, tips for caring for someone with the illness and guidance for you around training and internal policies.

It’s intended for care workers and people who commission, manage or deliver residential or domiciliary care. It can also be used by people living with HIV (and those supporting them) when they are thinking about residential or domiciliary care to give them an understanding of what they should be able to expect from care services.