Some people have always had to find ways of living with long term conditions such as diabetes or celiac disease, but as people live longer, increasing numbers of us now experience long-term poor health. While some conditions that previously limited the length of life are manageable a growing number of people live with long-term conditions. Against this backdrop, Long-Term Conditions explores the complex issues surrounding the experience of long-term illness and the enormous pressure this puts on individuals, their families and careers and on health and social care services.

The perspectives of each of these groups are voiced within this book, with chapters written by people who use health and social care services, careers, policy-makers and practitioners.

Using a variety of research methods to get to the heart of the matter, the book probes assumptions about the experience of long-term poor health and what constitutes good care. Its aim is to challenge readers to think critically about existing policy and provision and to inspire change based on sound evidence and a drive towards greater multi-professional working.

Long-Term Conditions provides academics, practitioners and students with a thorough grounding in the complex issues surrounding the experience and management of long-term illness. It is an ideal text for courses on policy, management and practice in health and social care.

Delivering Health and Social Care for People with Long-Term Conditions: The Policy Context

Delivering health and social care for people with long-term conditions: The policy context


  • The number of people with one or more long-term conditions is increasing
  • This represents a significant policy challenge for service delivery and organization
  • The NHS Social Care Model for long-term conditions in England has been influenced by US approaches and the reform process in the UK
  • The policy process is complex and shapes the care people receive

Sixty percent of all deaths in the world are as a result of chronic or long-term conditions, and in Europe this figure rises to 86% (WHO, 2005). There are currently 15.4 million people in England with a Long-term Condition (LTC), and it is estimated that by 2025 ...

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