The Five Year Forward View (FYFV) published by NHS England and its partners sets out the vision for the future of the NHS. It notes that ‘long term conditions are now a central task of the NHS; caring for these needs requires a partnership with patients over the longer term rather than providing single, unconnected “episodes” of care.’
This is particularly important in supporting the increasing numbers of people with more than one long term condition, more commonly known as multimorbidity; people living with frailty, and those in the last 12 months of their life – helping people with long term conditions to live well, age well and die well.
We will use the National Voices definition of person centred coordinated care that was developed by people with long term conditions in all our work to help make it a reality:
“I can plan my care with people who work together to understand me and my carer(s), allow me control, and bring together services to achieve the outcomes important to me.”