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Expert Roundtable: Acting on the double burden of chronic disease

Expert Roundtable: Acting on the double burden of chronic disease

Thursday, 22 November 2012
09:00 - 11:30
The Work Foundation, 21 Palmer Street, London, SW1H 0AD


Sean Duggan, chief executive, Centre for Mental Health
Chris Naylor, fellow - Health Policy, Kings Fund
Professor Stephen Bevan, director of the Centre for Workforce Effectiveness, The Work Foundation (chair)

The context:

In 2011 more than 15 million people in England (30 per cent of the population) were living with a long-term condition. We also know that people with long-term conditions, such as diabetes or heart disease, are two to three times more likely to experience mental health problems than the general population. There are currently more than 4 million people in England with a long-term physical health condition who also have mental health problems. By 2013 a 60% increase in the number of patients with two or more long-term conditions is predicted.

Poor health has been shown to negatively impact long-term outcomes for individuals living with long-term conditions, often affecting their employment opportunities and financial wellbeing. For those developing comorbidities, the prognosis often is poorer care, poorer employment outcomes, and a poorer quality of life.

Despite these predictions, the health and social care services in England are not organised in a way which would support an integrated response to both mental and physical health care needs of those with long-term conditions. The institutional and professional separation of mental and physical health care leads to missed opportunities to improve quality and efficiency of care via timely and appropriate interventions.

Through this forum The Work Foundation, Centre for Mental Health and The King’s Fund aim to raise awareness of burden of comorbid conditions on the individuals and the society, and to identify policies that would support effective management of those, involving health professionals, service providers, employers and people with long term conditions. Aligned with the Government’s vision of “no decision about me without me” we will establish the steps required to improve this coordination and develop a model for an approach joining up all of the stakeholders.

To find out more about this event please contact Alice Holland on 0207 976 3513 or alternatively email her at

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