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Long-term Conditions

What is a long-term condition?

A long-term condition is a physical health condition that can require ongoing management with medication or other treatments over a period of years. This applies to a wide variety of conditions, but the commonly known long-term conditions include the following:

  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Cardiac (heart) conditions
  • Cancer
  • Chronic dermatological conditions such as Psoriasis and Eczema
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic gastrointestinal conditions such as Crohn’s and Colitis
  • Chronic haematological (blood) conditions such as Pernicious Anaemia, Sickle Cell, and Haemophilia
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as Fibromyalgia, Osteoporosis, and Arthritis
  • Neurological conditions such as Epilepsy, Chronic Migraine, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Motor Neurone Disease, and Strokes
  • Physical disabilities
  • Chronic respiratory conditions such as Asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
  • Sensory loss such as sight or hearing impairment

Caring for someone with a long-term condition can be very demanding emotionally and physically, particularly as many people can be coping with multiple diagnoses. Because everyone’s situation is different, we offer personalised information and guidance to help you in your caring role, and to help you to maintain your own health and wellbeing whilst caring for others.

Support for you as a carer

Registering with us as a carer opens the door to a wide range of free support to suit your needs, including:

  • Tailored information and support to help you with your caring role. We will help identify any concerns you have about your caring role, your goals, and how we may be able to help you achieve these.
  • Opportunities to meet other carers who may have similar experiences to you.
  • Access to a wide range of support and services, including equipment, carer assessments, counselling and emotional support, and training and workshops to help you in your caring role on such topics as welfare benefits. As a carer registered with us, you can apply for a grant from our Carer Health and Wellbeing Fund.
  • Information about local and national organisations who can support with a particular long-term condition
  • Our regular Carers Support West Sussex newsletter to keep you informed about groups and services county wide and in your area.
  • You may be entitled to certain benefits, and we can book you in with our benefits advisor for a session to talk about your finances.

If you would like more information about any of these services, please call us on 0300 028 8888 or email

If you are not already subscribed, and you would like to be added to our monthly updates, please call us on 0300 028 8888 or email

Open to all Carer Groups and Events

Meet and share experiences and support with other carers. Our open-to-all carer groups are an opportunity to talk about your caring situation and gain further support from other carers, as well as support from wellbeing workers from Carers Support West Sussex

Links and Information

There are many organisations nationally that provide tailored information and support to people living with a long-term condition and their family and friend carers. Below are links to the main organisations. If you would like to find information about what is available nationally and in your area for a specific long term condition, then please do call our Response Line Team on 0300 028 8888, email us at, or complete our online referral form.

Acquired Brain Injury

Cardiac (heart) conditions


Dermatological conditions


Gastrointestinal conditions

Haematological (blood) conditions

Kidney conditions

Liver conditions

Musculoskeletal conditions

Neurological conditions

Physical disabilities

Respiratory (lung) conditions

Sensory Loss

If you are already registered with us please contact us via email at to request a card.

If you are not registered with us please complete our online registration form below