King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Integrating mental, physical and social care in long-term conditions

As official support providers to The Health Foundation’s second scaling up improvement programme we provided advice and support to enable the roll out of 3 Dimensions for Long-term Conditions (3DLC) across community and secondary care in Lambeth and Southwark.

Common mental health disorders are more prevalent in people with long-term conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease (CVD) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). These conditions require significant self-management but there is no integrated psychological or social care for these patients.

The 3DLC programme tackles this and brings together medical, psychological and social care to support people who have long-term conditions. It builds on the success of a previous programme (3DFD) targeted at patients with diabetes.

So far more than 2,000 patients (46% with COPD, 31% with hypertension and 28% with heart failure) have been screened for anxiety and depression, with 752 referrals received and 504 assessments offered.

The project was led by King’s College Hospital working with Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and South Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.

Find out more about the Health Foundation’s programme here

Find out more about the project