Long Term Conditions

can affect every aspect of a person’s life

Long Term Conditions

can happen at any age

Long Term Conditions

can last for years, or for life

Long Term Conditions

affect at least 500,000 people in Northern Ireland

The Long Term Conditions Alliance Northern Ireland (LTCANI) is an umbrella body for voluntary and not for profit organisations working with and for people with long term conditions in Northern Ireland. Collectively LTCANI member organisations represent approximately 500,000 people with long term conditions in Northern Ireland. Long term conditions can affect all aspects of people’s lives, can be devastating, and can last for years – or for life. People with long term conditions need long term support in minimizing the impact of their conditions and maximizing their independence and quality of life. They need timely and effective medical intervention, but they also need information and support in managing their conditions on an ongoing and daily basis. They need to feel engaged with their own care, to feel responsible for their own health and able to make decisions for themselves. People with long term conditions know a lot about their conditions. They have a real contribution to make to shaping the services which support them. Their imput can help the health service to target its scarce resources more effectively. They should have a real and important role in planning the services which are intended to meet their needs.   LTCANI seeks:

  • Recognition of the impact of long term conditions
  • Recognition of the need to support people with long term conditions in maximising their independence and their quality of life
  • A commitment to effective, integrated, patient centred chronic condition management
  • Support for self management training
  • A strong role for patients and user groups in shaping services for people with long term conditions