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Long term health conditions

Around 15 million people in England have a long-term health condition.  Also known as chronic diseases, these are conditions for which there is currently no cure, and which are managed with drugs and other treatment.

Long term health conditions can include:

  • diabetes
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • arthritis
  • hypertension
  • autism
  • epilepsy
  • autoimmune disorders (for example lupus, Sjögrens syndrome)
  • blood disorders
  • hepatitis B
  • Parkinson's disease
  • cystic fibrosis
  • cancer

There's support and help on offer for people with long term health conditions in Derbyshire and here are just a few courses and programmes that can be accessed.

South Derbyshire and City Citizens Advice Bureau

Living with a long term condition

The living with a long term condition programme is a free, 6-week course for anyone living in Derbyshire who has one or more long-term health conditions. The course is designed to help participants cope with their health condition and improve their quality of life.

It aims to help people learn new skills and strategies to manage their condition on a daily basis. Each session is one day and lasts 2 and a half hours. There is one session a week and refreshments are provided.

Topics covered include:

  • dealing with symptoms like pain and tiredness
  • coping with depression or feeling low
  • relaxation techniques
  • physical activity
  • healthy eating
  • planning for the future
  • setting realistic goals

A leaflet about the living with a long term health condition programme is attached to this page.

Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust

Living with long term conditions

The living with long term conditions course is a series of 6 sessions veering topics such as pain management, combating fatigue and more.

Limiting Long-Term Illness Project

Residents of North East Derbyshire and Bolsover district with long-term health conditions can get help to claim benefits.

The Limiting Long Term Illness project supports people with life-limiting conditions such as dementia, stroke, cancer, multiple sclerosis and heart disease as well as their families and carers.

Patients Association

The Patients Association has information about support on offer if you have a long term health condition.