Long Term Conditions
The increasing number of people living with long-term conditions is one of the biggest challenges facing our health and social care systems. GPs have a vital role to play in caring for those living with LTCs, with such patients representing over 50% of GP appointments.
This page provides an overview of some of the resources the College has produced relating to long-term conditions.
Health Select Committee Inquiry 2013
In March 2013 the House of Commons Health Select Committee announced an Inquiry into the management of long-term conditions.The College has submitted written evidence to the Inquiry.
The RCGP's submission argues that we can improve the care of people with long-term conditions by:
- Moving towards a system integrated around patients
- Embedding 'care planning' in primary care
- Focusing policy-making on multiple-morbidities, not just single disease areas
- Shifting resources into general practice to support GPs in delivering high quality care to people with long term conditions
- Read more about the Health Select Committee's Inquiry on long-term conditions [link to Parliament website]
The College has explored the role of GPs in caring for those with long-term conditions as part of its '2022 Vision' for the future of general practice, published in 2011:
In 2011 the College published a landmark toolkit on care planning:
In 2004 the RCGP, together with the Royal College of Physicians and the NHS Alliance, published a report on Chronic Conditions:
Chronic Read Clinicians, services and commissioning in chronic disease management in the NHSdiseases management [PDF]