Are you living with a long term condition and interested in shaping health services?

Are you, or is a relative or friend, living with a long term health condition such as diabetes, coronary heart disease (CHD) or severe respiratory illness? 

Would you like to be involved in shaping services to support you, and other people in Waltham Forest, in managing long term conditions (LTCs)? 

NHS Waltham Forest CCG is looking to set up virtual patient and public engagement (PPE) groups for local residents with diabetes, CHD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. 

Perhaps you already run a local support group for people living with one of the long term conditions and would like to invite the CCG to your group to explain more? 

Long term conditions in Waltham Forest

  • Diabetes is one of the most significant long-term conditions in the borough, affecting more than 10 per cent of the borough’s residents, with an estimated 25,802 people aged 16 years or older living with diabetes (diagnosed and undiagnosed). [1] 
  • When it comes to mortality rates from cardiovascular disease, Waltham Forest is the 9th worst borough for those under 75 years of age, with an average of 88 per 100,000 deaths compared to 77 per 100,000 in London and 75 per 100,000 in England. [2] 
  • Asthma affects nearly five per cent of local residents, with more than 14,000 people in Waltham Forest having a diagnosis of asthma. [3] 
  • Almost 3000 residents have been diagnosed as having Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).  However, the estimated prevalence rate is 3.2 per cent, suggesting that more than 6,000 patients could be living with undiagnosed COPD in Waltham Forest. [4] 

Dr Ravi Gupta, Clinical Director at NHS Waltham Forest CCG said: 

“NHS research shows that more than 50,000 people in our borough live with a long-term condition such as diabetes, coronary heart disease or a severe respiratory illness.  

If this is you, please do register your interest in joining the virtual patient groups we are looking to set up. 

“By sharing your views, you can help make NHS services better for everyone in our borough.” 

Residents interested in joining the virtual groups are asked to tweet or email the CCG.

  • Tweet or send a direct message to @nhs_wfccg, using the hashtag #wfltcvoices
  • putting ‘#wfltcvoices’ in the subject header. 

Local support groups for people living with one of the long term conditions can invite a CCG representative to explain more about the virtual groups and the #wfltcvoices campaign by emailing with ‘#wfltcvoices’ in the subject header. 

The innovative use of technology to enable a better patient experience is a key feature of the NHS Long Term Plan, which says that, “People will be empowered, and their experience of health and care will be transformed, by the ability to access, manage and contribute to digital tools, information and services.” 


  1. Diabetes prevalence estimates for CCGs by ONS resident populations,
    National Cardiovascular Intelligence Network.  
  1. Public Health England, Waltham Forest Older People Health Profile 2018 available at  and 
  1. Deep Dive: Respiratory Diseases report, September 2018, London Borough of Waltham Forest