Background

More than 15 million people have a long term condition and is set to increase over next 10 years. These health conditions cannot be cured however can be self managed with the support of nurses and controlled by medication  Many patients experience 3 or more conditions at once. Examples of long term conditions include high blood pressure, depression, dementia and arthritis.

Care of people with long term conditions is said to account for 70% of health and social care expenditure. In addition theses conditions affect all aspects of people's lives especially work and family.  ( DH 2013).

Telecare and telehealth can support people with long term conditions in their own homes and this is said to reduce death rates by 45% visits to A&E departments by 15% and hospital admissions by 20%. (DH 2013)

In addition it has become evident that registered nurses working in all settings are increasingly  becoming  responsible for the initial diagnosis, treatment and ongoing management of people with long term conditions. This is particularly evident for example for practice nurses in general practice those working in community settings and prison services as previous medical roles shift to nursing responsibilities. It is therefore essential that effective and appropriate training and education is offered to nursing staff to equip them with the skills and competencies for this role.

This programme of learning will provide nurses with the knowledge and information and skills to take on this role.