Illnesses and long-term conditions

More people in Scotland are now living with one or more complex health conditions. They require more health and social care and that requirement will increase as they age. Fewer people are able to work and remain in work as a result of health problems.

Our focus on improving our population health has a direct link to preventing two of our biggest health challenges, cancer and diabetes.

Our ultimate aim is to improve the health of the population and to reduce the unacceptable variation in life expectancy that exists across Scotland.


What we are doing about the following illnesses and long-term conditions:

We have also:

Find out more about our work on health improvement.

Find out how we are working to improve social care support.


We published our public health priorities in June 2018 and this included initiatives to improve outcomes and reduce inequalities for long-term health conditions as well as addressing inequities in access to treatment across the country.

We published our national action plan for long-term conditions in 2009 in which the prevalence and impact of such conditions is linked to deprivation.  

General information on long-term conditions is available on the Healthcare Improvement Scotland website. 

You can find information about identifying, treating and managing different types of illnesses, infections, injuries and disorders on the NHS inform website. 



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