It doesn’t sound realistic, but a huge number of diseases and long-term ailments are caused by our irregular and deficient diets and messed up life style. Count everything from exercise, smoking, drinking, fast food, cold drinks and processed food. Prevention is always better than cure.
This agenda is also very well set out in the recent King's Fund/National Voices publication People in control of their own health and care: http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/people-control-their-own-health-and-care
NHS front line staff are on their knees. If you want to help, campaign for more time with our patients and less time writing care plans and trying to reach rediculous targets/ Unrealistic expectations of patient centred care/adherence to lengthy guidelines etc to do in a 10-15minute consultation. Facilitate longer less frequant consultations where patients are heard and clinicians are not rushed.
You want to know what care is like for people with long term conditions. My high level SCI Husband has qualified for round the clock support via NHS CHC since 2009. We have been constantly let down, no agency has managed to supply properly qualified male staff, leaving me caring for him 24/7 365 since then. I have lost over £300k in lost wages. Also people in housing fail to consider the special needs of those that need a care team to keep them at home. Care work needs to be professionalised urgently in this country. PHB's are a dangerous con for people that need all their budget to be spent on care. Further de-professionalising care-work by fragmented the workforce. The state of care in the UK is very dire indeed.