Long Term Conditions
A long term condition is one that can not be cured but can be managed through medication and/or therapy.
Around 15 million people in England, or almost one in three of the population, have a long term condition. This number has fallen in recent years as people become better able and supported to manage their condition, some no longer report having one.
Living with a long-term condition brings challenges and it's important to have the confidence, support and information to take control of your condition. This is called self care, which means looking after yourself in a healthy way, whether it’s taking your medicine properly or doing some exercise.
Self care doesn't mean you need to manage on your own. You can expect lots of support from the NHS, including:
- Healthy lifestyle support: helping you improve your diet and exercise regime.
- Information: advice about your condition and its treatment.
- Training: helping you feel more confident about living with your condition.
- Tools and equipment: making life easier at home.
- Support networks: help with finding people to share your experiences with.
More information and help about living with a long term condition is available on the NHS Choices website here.