The Year of Care approach seeks to implement partnership working which involves people more fully in discussion and shared decision making, as well as developing forward-focused plans based on the ideas and preferences of individuals about how they live with and manage their health.

Health services were originally designed around an acute care model in which the health service and the practitioners diagnose and solve the problem the patient presents with. However, this model doesn’t recognise the role the individual plays in living with and managing their health condition(s) or their preferences about health care provision. 

This picture was drawn by a person living with a long-term condition at a world café event to show what it is like to live with a long term condition which, by definition, cannot be cured.