People in England can now expect to live for far longer than ever before – but these extra years of life are not always spent in good health, with many people developing conditions that reduce their independence and quality of life.

The health and care system have a key role to play in helping older people manage these long-term conditions, making sure they receive the right kind of support to help them live as well as possible. Our NHS Long Term Plan will give them greater control over the care they receive, with more care and support being offered in or close to people’s homes, rather than in hospital.

To achieve this ambition, we are supporting the development of an Improvement Community, bringing together like-minded individuals who want to make a huge positive impact. The community will work virtually to enable as many people as possible to get involved.