We focus on four complex health issues more prevalent in urban areas
With the Social Progress Imperative, we've developed the first neighbourhood level, health-focused social progress index of its kind.
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Multiple long-term conditions
Review of interventions for people with multiple long-term conditions in Lambeth and Southwark
The progression from one to multiple long-term conditions is influenced by many factors. In this report, we explored the evidence around the relationship between purposeful activities (including work, work-related activities, education and volunteering) and the ability to slow progression to multiple long-term conditions.
Our hypothesis, that purposeful activities that can help people increase their resilience and ability to self-manage their health and condition, is based on the following principles:
There are many different access points to work and purposeful activities that a person diagnosed with a long-term condition may encounter. Our review considered these different pathways and the different categories of interventions that may be appropriate for people who are closer to or further from the labour market.
For example, people with long-term conditions who are already in work but are struggling to disclose or manage the increased demands of their condition might need support to communicate with employers about their needs, while people who are currently not working or feel unable to work may benefit from adult learning, return-to-work programmes such as paid work trials, or advice on entering alternative forms of employment such as self-employment or remote working.
Our work shows a strong link between a lack of financial security and ill-health. We're designing financial interventions to promote better health.
Having a low or no income can contribute to poor health, so we've set up two partnerships to remove barriers to meaningful employment.
Sharing the research we commissioned into the potential role employment can play in slowing progression from one long-term condition to many.
Over the past decade, very little has progressed at a national scale to reduce inequality. We discuss why these health inequalities are not inevitable.