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Research on multiple long-term conditions to be at forefront of upcoming national event

Researchers with an interest in multiple long-term conditions (MLTC) have been invited to attend a seminar dedicated to the subject in Leicester next month.

ARC East Midlands is the national ARC lead for MLTC research and is leading a nationwide event, with contributions from across the ARCs

Taking place on Tuesday, May 2, at College Court Conference Centre and Hotel, Knighton Road, Leicester, the seminar will include interactive workshops to stimulate further discussion and devise new solutions to tackle MLTC in the UK.

This event will also showcase the MLTC presentations from the successful applicants involved in the NIHR ARC MLTC Implementation Programme.

The Chief Executive of the NIHR and the Department of Health and Social Care’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Professor Lucy Chappell is set to be the keynote speaker during the seminar, which is being chaired by the Director of NIHR ARC East Midlands Professor Kamlesh Khunti.

Professor Khunti, Professor of Primary Care Diabetes and Vascular Medicine at the University of Leicester, said: “This networking event will gather people with an interest in MLTC to discuss the key issues surrounding MLTC research.

“It is crucial that we bring together researchers, clinicians, and policymakers to share knowledge, discuss best practices, and develop innovative solutions to improve the lives of people living with multiple chronic conditions.”

He added: “This dedicated research event on MLTC will help us to advance our understanding of this complex issue and moving towards more effective, patient-centred care.

“People living with multiple long-term conditions are the most vulnerable in our society, yet they often receive fragmented, uncoordinated care that fails to meet their needs so events like these are vital.”

During the event, Professor Khunti will provide an update on the global health research project and cross-NIHR collaboration funding.

Christine Smith, PPIE Lead at ARC Yorkshire and Humber, will also be discussing the importance of Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE) during the seminar.

Delegates attending the in-person meeting will have the opportunity to showcase their PPIE-related work throughout the seminar.

“PPIE is extremely important to ensure that research is relevant, acceptable and feasible to those for whom it matters most,” said Christine.

She added: “By involving the public in all aspects of the research process, we can improve the quality and impact of research, enhance the patient experience and empower individuals to take an active role in their own healthcare.

“Ultimately, this can lead to better quality research that is more likely to be implemented and make a difference to people’s lives.”

The final event agenda and the full line-up of speakers will be released at the end of April.

To register your place at this event, please visit:

Published on: 30 Mar 2023