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Supporting People Living with Long-term Conditions

Explore how healthcare professionals work in partnership with people with long-term conditions in this free online course.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Supporting People Living with Long-term Conditions

Why join the course?

There are some 15 million people in the UK currently living with a long-term condition and many more millions worldwide. Many are living with more than one long-term condition, which is impacting on both their physical and psychological wellbeing.

Self-management of long-term conditions

The focus of healthcare is rapidly changing both globally and across professional disciplines. Quality, patient-centred care requires an understanding of the evidence base for disease management, alongside collaborative care planning that includes the patient, their family, carers and the multidisciplinary team.

This approach will empower individuals with long-term conditions to self-manage their care and ensure that they are supported holistically. To enable this, effective partnership working with healthcare professionals is essential. How best can this be achieved?

Understand and support people with long-term conditions

This free online course enables healthcare professionals to better understand and support people living with long-term conditions.

Learning with academic experts and practitioners from King’s College London, as well as other healthcare professionals worldwide, you will explore some of the key issues such as:

  • How can long-term conditions be defined?
  • What are the social and economic impacts of living with a long-term condition?
  • What are the links between effective symptom management and living well?
  • How can individuals be supported in self-management?
  • Can telehealth/telemedicine aid those living with chronic conditions to remain independent?
  • How can inter-professional working educate and empower both patients and their families or carers to be actively engaged in decision making?
  • How does having a long-term condition affect a carer’s health and their relationships?
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Skip to 0 minutes and 11 secondsHello, my name is Julie Bliss and I am a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London and I'm delighted, on behalf of myself and my colleagues, to be able to tell you a little bit more about this MOOC focussing on long term conditions.

Skip to 0 minutes and 28 secondsThe number of people living with a long term condition continues to increase and this MOOC focusses on how healthcare professionals can work in partnership with people with a long term condition and their families. In order to achieve this the MOOC focusses on collaborative care planning, telemedicine and living with a long term condition. Hello, my name is Irene Zeller and I am a tutor here at the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery. Presently, there are some 15 million people in the UK living with a long term condition and many more millions that live with a long term condition worldwide.

Skip to 1 minute and 7 secondsIndeed, it is estimated that many are living with more than one long term condition and this is impacting on both their physical and psychological wellbeing. The focus of healthcare is rapidly changing both globally and across professional disciplines. This free online course enables healthcare professionals to better understand and support

Skip to 1 minute and 33 secondspeople living with long term conditions exploring some of the key issues such as: How can long term conditions be defined? What are the social and economic impacts of living with long term conditions? What are the links between effective symptom management and living well? How can individuals be supported in self management? Can telehealth or telemedicine aid those living with chronic conditions to remain independent? How can inter-professional working help to educate both patients and their families and carers to be empowered to actively engage in decision making? How does having a long term condition affect a carer's health and their relationships? The MOOC has been developed here within the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London.

Skip to 2 minutes and 29 secondsThe Faculty has been providing nursing education and involved in research having been founded by Florence Nightingale in 1860. We look forward to welcoming you as a participant in this MOOC and we hope that you find it beneficial. Helping you to think about people living with long term conditions and how to work in partnership with them.

What topics will you cover?

  • The definition and recognition of long term conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
  • The impact of long term conditions on patients, carers and health services in a global context.
  • The links between long term conditions and mental health.
  • Requirements to foster psychological well-being when living with a long term condition.
  • The importance of patient-centred care, goal setting and shared decision making and how to support them.
  • Definitions of telehealth and telemedicine, and how they could be used to help patients with long term conditions.
  • Advantages, disadvantages and barriers to using telehealth with patients living with long term conditions.
  • The effects of long term conditions on families and carers.
  • Long term conditions in the context of a complex health system.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Describe the potential impact of living with long term conditions for individuals and their families as well as the local, national and global context.
  • Explain the importance of patient-centred care, collaborative care planning, goal setting and shared decision making for people living with long term conditions and those that care for them.
  • Discuss how telehealth and telemedicine can be incorporated into care plans to empower and enhance self-management of long term conditions.
  • Describe the role of families, carers and organisations that support people living with long term conditions.

Who is the course for?

This course is designed for healthcare professionals, but will also be helpful for those with an academic or personal interest in supporting people living with long-term conditions.

Who will you learn with?

Ehsan Khan

I have a long standing interest in the education and implementation of biological sciences in healthcare. I am particularly interested in the care and monitoring of patients receiving polypharmacy.

Who developed the course?

King’s College London is ranked in the world’s top 20 universities. Based in the heart of London, it is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge, learning and understanding in the service of society.

What’s the difference between a free course and an upgraded course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

Find out more

Get extra benefits, upgrade this course. For $99 you'll get:

Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

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  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

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  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your LinkedIn or CV
  • Includes free shipping

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete.