A major new alliance committed to improving care and support for people with long-term conditions has been launched in London today (Friday 21 November).
The Coalition for Collaborative Care (C4CC) has people with long-term health conditions at the heart of its powerful alliance and brings together some of the sector’s most influential national groups and organisations.
With more than 15 million people in the UK living with a long-term condition, the Coalition will champion a system-wide transformation in how they receive and use care and support.
This innovative new partnership will focus on re-framing the relationship between a person with long-term health conditions and the professionals supporting them. This allows the expertise of both to be used most effectively to help the person plan to manage their condition and maximise their well-being.
It will draw strongly on the House of Care developed by the Year of Care Partnerships which highlights what is required to achieve person-centred coordinated care.
There is good evidence to suggest that engaging with people with long-term conditions to co-design their care, leads to better outcomes and more successful independent living. C4CC aims to ensure that professionals and people have the right support, knowledge, skills, power and confidence to achieve this.
The Coalition will also put a strong emphasis on a much more holistic approach in which there is less focus on a person’s condition in isolation and more on the full spectrum of support that is required to enable people to be included in and play active, valued roles within their own communities – an approach developed by Nesta in its People Powered Health programme and often called ‘More than Medicine’.
Martin Routledge, Director of the Coalition for Collaborative Care, said: “We want the Coalition to light the blue touch paper for big changes in how people with long-term conditions and professionals work together to produce better lives.”
Halima Khan, Director of the Innovation Lab at Nesta, one of the Coalition’s partners, said: “We want to create a better deal for people living with long-term health conditions.”