There are currently around 15 million people in England living with a long-term health condition – a condition that cannot be cured, but that can be managed through medication and/or therapy. Over the two years to 2013, there will be a 60 per cent increase in the number of patients with two or more long-term conditions. In the context of the unstable labour market these people may be particularly vulnerable in maintaining their employment status and the quality of their jobs.
Our research has already demonstrated that many people with long-term conditions want to and are able to work and can be helped to keep their jobs or return to work with the support of employers, health care professionals and appropriate public policies.
We are now aiming to bring together a network of organisations tackling long-term conditions in order to develop a stronger voice to influence policy and raise awareness. Organisations joining the network will:
- jointly influence the agenda on long-term conditions at government and business levels
- engage with discussions at UK and European levels
- move the core issues up the agenda to positively influence the world of work.