Based on the findings from the Multimorbidity report, we have identified the following priorities for the first year:
1. Better understanding the lived experience of people with multiple conditions
One of the key findings from the report was that the perspective and lived experience of people with multiple conditions is almost entirely absent from the evidence we reviewed. We have already commissioned ethnographic research with people living with multiple conditions, so watch this space for the findings, which will be shared in the summer. We will review our priorities and further develop our workplan in light of these insights.
2. Co-ordinating information and support offers of the Richmond Group charities
We know coordination is critical for the whole health and care system, but we believe looking closer to home will be a powerful way to start. We are committed to looking across the information and support offer of the 14 Richmond Group charities to better join up support provided by condition specific charities to people living with multiple conditions. We also hope to make it easier for GPs and patients to use our offer when facing multiple conditions.
3. Building our insight on health and deprivation
Our report found evidence that multimorbidity occurs 10-15 years earlier in people living in the most deprived areas than it does in those living in the most affluent areas; this is unacceptable. Our partners Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity are already doing exciting work to understand the links between multimorbidity and deprivation, so we hope to build on their work and collectively address this. We will share further information on this in the coming months.
The Richmond Group of Charities is committed to preventative care; it can reduce the risk of developing an illness in the first place or help manage an ongoing condition and minimise risks of exacerbation or reoccurrence. Prevention underpins so much of our member charities work. Currently, this priority for the Taskforce on Multiple Conditions will be taken forward within our key prevention work through our physical activity programme - Movement for All.