Support Over Your Lifetime

Overview Support Over Your Lifetime


This section covers the social aspects which can affect both physical and mental health.

supporting different groups

Support for all includes support for

  • everyone locally
  • carers,
  • veterans
  • See section for more groups including traveller communities, LGBT+, migrants and children and young people

preschool, Education, work and Finances

The period up to the age of 25 includes pages on

Following on from education there is local support for

home and relationships

Home includes some general links and also specifically to

Relationships covers

 Driving and medical conditions are well covered.


Crime includes

Later years

The latter part of life includes

End of life includes

Improving health and reducing health inequalities

For steps to improve everyone’s health and reduce local health inequalities, see under

This page does not just include medical support but potential support in other areas of life.


Some of the more commonly accessed pages for this section include:


Some links on this page have been colour coded to make it easier to find the information you need:

Quick Read
Clinical level


Every GP will have been trained to try and pitch any information they give patients at the level the patient wants. The difficulty even for the same person is there can be times when you just want a simple overview of a condition, other times you may want more detailed information (but still designed for patients) and occasionally you may want to know why a clinician (such as a GP) is advising an option to support you and what is the actual evidence for such an option (clinical level information written for clinicians).

The difficulty for websites such as NHS choices, Patient info and NICE (which all have excellent information) is that their articles have to be written with one type of audience in mind and have a consistent style. As a signposting site we can get around this and combine their different styles allowing you to choose the level of information you want.

We have colour coded information and you will see a key at the top of each page where this is relevant to the page, dividing information into 3 categories:

  • Quick read
  • In depth
  • Clinical level


This information is usually from sources such as NHS choices, and national charities which support a specific condition, age group or other important group (e.g., veterans). The articles are usually short (usually taking less than 1 minute to read) and the language is patient orientated.


This information is usually from sources such as Patient info, Gov UK and sometimes from national charities and from NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence). This information is patient orientated but is much more detailed (often taking more than 2 minutes to read any article).


This information is usually from sources such as NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) but also there are some articles from Patient info and Gov.UK. This information is intended for clinicians in GP practices and hospitals. It is included because some patients find it beneficial to have much more clinically orientated information, so they can understand the medical evidence for a clinician suggesting a specific option.


An average GP will see 1000s of patients every year. There are some questions which get asked by patients more often and the frequently asked question section on many of the website pages tries to capture some of those more commonly asked questions.


As patient info suggest, these are normally free “services you can access without needing an appointment with your GP”. These services include NHS services but also importantly services from your local council and some charities.

From Patient info
Self-referral Self-referral | Patient

The reason self-referral services are so important is that many of them are excellent and are actually where your GP will direct to you if you were to see your GP. However, you can go directly to these services without seeing your GP.


Local support has been put at the top of each page (if available). Unfortunately, though many excellent local services are available, at present they are often invisible to the general public as it can be difficult to pick them out with the sheer volume of information available and also though sites such as NHS choices, patient info and NICE (National Institute of Clinical Excellence) are very good they are not equipped to give detailed information on local services.


Information on national support (if available) appears after information on local support on this website. This includes many telephone helplines, some chat and email communication often from national charities which offer an excellent service. This information is available to varying degrees on NHS choices, Patient info and NICE though it tends to be at the end of articles or buried within an article. As a signposting site we are able to give this information greater prominence as we believe these helplines can provide significant support for patients.

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