Nationally there are estimated to be 15 million people living with one or more long term health conditions (LTCs) with prevalence and severity increasing with older age. These conditions are often lifestyle related and rates are generally greater amongst populations experiencing higher levels of deprivation.
Examples of common LTCs include diabetes, heart disease, long term respiratory disease and stroke. Improving the health of people suffering from a long term condition through lifestyle interventions such as stopping smoking, increased physical activity, and healthier diet can help stabilise conditions, reduce the need for health and social care, and enhance the quality of life. There are opportunities to further incorporate preventive services into patient pathways for people with LTCs.