Adult care and prevention icon

Living with long-term health problems or chronic pain

If you have ongoing health problems or chronic pain, staff will help you to manage the symptoms and reduce the impact on your day to day life.

Very frail people or those otherwise at high risk will get particular attention and support across all the different services they use.

What will I notice?

  • You might be invited to come in for a health check-up with your GP or nurse. This may involve some tests and a discussion about changes to treatment, medication or lifestyle.
  • You will hear more about new ways to monitor your symptoms at home so any warning signs can be picked up early. This type of technology can help you to avoid emergency trips to hospital, or even prevent or delay a move into long-term care. Read more about how technology can help.
  • You will be offered more information about local activities, services and support with help to access them, if need be.
  • If you’re not well enough to be at home but don’t need specialist hospital treatment, there will be more options to be supported at other sites in the community with nurses, physios, social workers and other staff on hand. These are known as community beds. Leeds is reviewing the community bed service at the moment to make sure there are enough beds available across the city. Read more about the review here.
  • Health and care across different services will become better coordinated and more joined-up. You won’t keep being asked the same questions again and again by different people, and things will go more smoothly if you have to move from one service to another, or use a mix of different services and support. Read more.

If you live with chronic pain

If you have to live with chronic pain and other symptoms, support is available to help you monitor and control the symptoms, reduce pain and improve your quality of life. Starting with people suffering from musculoskeletal conditions (conditions affecting the muscles, bones and joints), there will be more focus on helping you to cope, and ensuring you have enough information about services available locally.

What will I notice?

  • Your GP, occupational therapist or another trained professional may talk to you about setting up a personal pain management plan to help you cope, and give you peace of mind.
  • There will be more information about what services are available locally that might support you day-to-day, and help to access them.

We’d love to hear your views and use them to shape services in the future – get involved.