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NSF for long-term conditions (including long-term neurological conditions)

The national service framework (NSF) for long-term conditions is a 10-year strategy to transform the way health and social care services support people with long-term neurological conditions to live as independently as possible.

Published in 2005, the focus of this NSF is on people with long-term neurological conditions caused by disease or damage to the brain, spinal cord or other parts of the nervous system. However, it can also apply to people with other long-term conditions such as coronary heart disease and diabetes.

As with other NSFs, this framework aims to improve care and to ensure that effective and high quality services are available uniformly across England. This is be done by giving local NHS and social care organisations clear standards and quality requirements as well as supporting them through sharing good practice and evidence about what care works best for patients.

The NHS and social care services in your area will be working towards delivery of each of the quality requirements by 2015, although how quickly they do so will depend on local priorities.

The NSF will help to ensure that services are:

  • Quicker and easier to use.
  • More closely matched to people's needs.
  • Better coordinated so that people do not have to see a lot of different professionals and repeat the same information about themselves. 
  • Provided for as long as people need them, so that treatment continues without the need for a referral every time the person has a new problem.
  • Better at helping people with neurological conditions and their carers to make decisions about care and treatment. 
  • Provided by people with knowledge and experience of specific conditions.
  • Giving people with long-term neurological conditions better results from their treatment. 
  • Planned around the views of people with long-term neurological conditions and their carers.
  • Able to give people more choice about how and where they get treatment and care.
  • Better at helping people to live more independently.

For further information on the NSF for long-term conditions visit the Department of Health’s website.


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ab73 said on 24 December 2011

The WHO has recognised M.E./CFS as a neurological condition since 1969. Why is this not reflected in the treatment of UK M.E. patients and where is our support?

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