About long term conditions

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What do we do and why

Long term conditions (LTC) are conditions that have no cure and are likely to be treated by on-going management. Some LTC are life-long, others develop in childhood or adulthood. Examples of our LTC research specialisms include musculoskeletal conditions, diabetic foot ulcers and chronic pain. We also conduct research focussed on the care needs of populations who may have a number of conditions.
As the health needs of our local and global populations change, it is more important than ever that healthcare professionals are able to provide the most appropriate intervention and care for those populations. Our internationally recognised research is fundamental to ensuring that people with LTCs have the best futures ahead of them. We are passionate about the populations we serve. 

How we conduct our research

The LTC group is dynamic and we have expertise in many methodological approaches. At the heart of all our research are the people:  both those with LTC and the general public whose health we seek to improve. Within our research projects, we consult with patient and professional groups to ensure that our work meets patient need.
As Athena Swan Silver award holders within the School of Healthcare, LTC research group members are particularly proactive in ensuring equality for our members and our wider community.

Are you interested in working with us?

We have a strong history of collaborative practice across faculties, with healthcare providers and other research institutions. We invite potential collaborators to contact us to discuss opportunities for future projects.

We want to create a research culture that supports evidence-based practice, but also works as a springboard for those interested in LTC research. We have a number of pre-doctoral, postgraduate researchers and post-doctoral researchers within the group. We particularly welcome enquiries from individuals who are interested in undertaking a PhD with a Long Term Conditions focus.

Please see Our People section for contact information.

Research Groups

The long-term conditions research theme also features two further research groups who undertake research around this theme:

  • Skin and Wound Interest Group (SWIG)
  • Musculoskeletal@Healthcare