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

Further resources

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 NHS diseases management [PDF]

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