NSF on long-term conditions launched

    Faster diagnosis and more rapid treatment was today promised to
    the 10 million people in the UK with long-term neurological
    conditions by community care minister Stephen Ladyman,
    writes Clare Jerrom.

    The National Service Framework for long-term conditions was
    launched today to help people with conditions such as
    Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and motor neurone
    disease live independent lives.

    “Investing in rehabilitation services and flexible
    packages of care and support will help people live more
    independently and be a more cost effective way of providing
    services,” said Ladyman.

    Services outlined in the NSF for people with long term
    conditions include:-

    • Joint health and social care plans that change over
    time

    • Self-referrals to allow people to refer themselves if their
    care needs change

    • A named contact for every individual to have a single point
    of access to services

    • Rehabilitation, equipment and personal care to help people
    live independently at home.

    Marilyn Ekers, who has MS and who brought a service user’s
    perspective to the External Reference Group which helped advise the
    development of the NSF, said: “I hope the NSF raises
    standards of care, and gives everyone with long-term neurological
    conditions quicker and easier access to services when they need
    them.”

     

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