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CALL FOR CASE STUDIES

From people / professionals / commissioners / organisations working to support people with two or more long-term health conditions to live as well as possible for as long as possible.

Please send details of your project by 7th June 2019 to promisingapproaches@raisinconsulting.co.uk 

Background

Across England millions of people are living with two or more long-term heath conditions and numbers are increasing. Researchers are trying to understand why this is. We already know it is not just an issue of age - where you live and how you spend your time can make a difference. In particular research has shown the link with deprivation - people in our most deprived communities develop multiple conditions 10-15 years earlier than in more affluent areas. 

Having multiple long-term conditions obviously impacts on people’s health. But it also impacts more broadly on people’s wellbeing from the loss of independence and feelings of social isolation that having and managing multiple health conditions can bring. And this in turn can further affect health in a downward spiral.

The Taskforce on Multiple Conditions

The Taskforce on Multiple Conditions was formed in April 2018 to focus on this challenge. It is a cross-sector partnership between The Richmond Group of Charities, The Royal College of General Practitioners and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity. The Taskforce aims to find ways for people with multiple conditions to live as well as possible, for as long as possible. 

In its first year the Taskforce focused on gaining insight from people living with multiple conditions to see how it affects their lives. This helped shine a light on the problems people face with managing multiple long-term conditions. For some this includes problems related to their care and treatment, which if not person-centred can be poorly coordinated and unclear.  For others their problems often relate to the impact on their lives from the losses experienced when dealing with multiple health conditions – loss of mobility, loss of work, loss of financial security, loss of social connections.

We know there are many different ways of dealing with these and the other problems that people with multiple health conditions face. We also know that there are many dedicated and innovative professionals, commissioners, voluntary sector organisations, social enterprises and others trying to tackle them – in England and further afield.

The Call for Case Studies

We are inviting submissions of case studies for review, a select number of which will be examined in more depth and highlighted through the Taskforce’s work.

We are interested in hearing about any project that you think might be relevant or have something that others can learn from.

It could be a project that was specifically set up to work with people with multiple conditions or it could be something that was set up for another purpose but works predominantly with people with multiple long-term conditions.

You might be a clinician, a hospital manager, GP, nurse or provide other practical support. Or you might be a commissioner, a policy professional or academic. You could work outside of the health sector in a completely different field – in social care, housing, education, in a business, or a charity, even in another country.

Either way we’d love to hear from you.

Please send details of your project to promisingapproaches@raisinconsulting.co.uk.

Provide as much information as you think we’d be interested to know including name and contact details, geographical location, the setting of the project, the approach, what it hopes to achieve and how it goes about it.

If there are any written materials you can share, especially evaluations of your work, then we would also be interested to see them. We would protect the information and discuss with you before we shared it with anyone further.

We will be closing this call for case studies on Friday 7th June so please be in touch before then.

If you need all of this time to pull together the case study on your work then do send us a quick email to let us know it’s coming. If you’d like to discuss in more detail what we’re looking for in the case studies then do get in touch by email.

Thank you!