Long term conditions can include; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart failure, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disorders, musculoskeletal conditions, alcohol and other addictions, as well as many others. According to the Welsh Government1:
A workshop held on 14th November 2014 brought together people who use and provide services for people with long term conditions in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to share their views about the future.
Through better engagement with our population, better use of technology, and new ways of working, everyone at the workshop was asked to describe “what a new service for long term conditions could look like in the future?”
Discussions during the workshop were captured in the form of visual minutes.
Further to the Long Term Conditions Workshop, the ‘Working together better in the community on Diabetes Day’ held on 4 June 2015 used workshops, discussions and activities to explore what we could do together to enable adults with type 2 diabetes living in Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to live well in the community.
The first step in developing any new model of care is to describe a vision of what a future service should achieve. Working with a group of long term conditions specialists, we used the information from our workshop, together with published best practice from Wales, the UK and the wider world, to develop a Shaping Our Future Wellbeing shared vision of care for long term conditions in the future.
With this vision in mind, we can now begin to explore the changes that will be needed to make the vision a reality, and so begin to describe in detail a new model of care for long term conditions.