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Commissioners handbooks published

Commissioners handbooks published

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Handbooks helping commissioners to plan services for people with long term conditions have been published.

Available online, the guides cover three key areas, identifying the vulnerable, planning personal care and how multi-disciplinary working can create better practice.

Dr McShane, NHS England’s director for patients with long term conditions, explained: “LTCs currently account for £7 of every £10 health and social care spend in England.

“If we are to tackle the demands that long term conditions create for the health and care system then we are going to have to adapt and evolve our approaches to meet the needs of the future rather than the problems of the past. This is clearly articulated in the Five Year Forward View.

“We are going to need to proactively identify people, work with them to create a plan and support professionals to work as a team to deliver the best possible care. The need for more personalised, person centred care which engages with the individual and understand their goals and the support they have from carers and the community they live in is vital, if we are to have a sustainable NHS.”

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