NI Chest Heart & Stroke is a member of the Long–Term Conditions Alliance (LTCANI). It is an umbrella body for voluntary and not–for–profit organizations, collectively representing around 500,000 people with long–term conditions in Northern Ireland.
Those affected 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 care, but they also need information and support in managing their conditions from day to day. They need to feel engaged with their own treatment, to feel responsible for their own health and to be able to make decisions for themselves.
People with long–term conditions know a lot about their own health and have a real contribution to make in shaping the services which support them. Their input 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.
For more information visit www.ltcani.org.uk