What is a 'long term condition'?

A long term condition is a health condition which currently has no cure but can be managed with drugs and other treatments.

For example:

  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In Salford, one in three people (just over 76,000) currently have one or more long term conditions. This is predicted to rise to one in two over the next 25 years, i.e. over half Salford's population of 230,000 people.

Why do we include long term conditions in the Salford Standard?

One of the most important challenges facing the NHS is how we improve the treatment for people living with long term conditions to help them look after their own health.

We can do this by changing the way we approach care. Instead of treating each individual long term condition separately (and many people have more than one), we should take a holistic approach. What do we mean by holistic? Dealing with or treating the whole of something or someone and not just a part.

There are eight standards within the Long Term Conditions domain. The aim is to reduce the variation between practices so, no matter which GP practice you go to in Salford, you know your GP is doing things in the best way.

To read more about what standards you should expect if you have a long term condition, please select from the menu on the left.