Long Covid Support is a registered charity in England and Wales and was formed by a group of people struggling to recover from Covid-19.

Our work spans three key areas:

Peer Support

Our tightly moderated, international Long Covid Support Group is a friendly, inclusive space for people experiencing the diverse, debilitating and alarming symptoms of Long Covid to share information, help each other through the bad days and celebrate in the good.

Strictly for patients or their direct carers, our online group is one of the largest of its type in the world, with members in 100 countries. 

In addition to the posts written by members we offer a programme of social and wellbeing activities including Zoom chats, the Long Covid Choir, chair yoga and opera breathing. 

Advocacy 

Our advocacy work includes our instrumental role in establishing the Long Covid term, now used around the world, although our focus tends to be on the UK.

We work with policymakers on the NHS England Taskforce on Long Covid and the UK’s Department of Health & Social Care Roundtable on Long Covid, and share insights from our on-going survey into patient experience of accessing care in England.

We speak at conferences and contribute to pieces in international, national and local media. 

We have a dedicated team focused on employment and benefits, comprising people with professional as well as lived experience. Our work focuses on supporting workers and employers with return to work, and we have co-developed materials with bodies including the UK's Society of Occupational Medicine and Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD).

Research Involvement

We strongly believe that patients should be at the heart of research, working as equal partners with scientists throughout the research lifecycle, and we promote the sharing of learnings between all chronic post viral conditions.

We work actively with researchers, including as co-investigators and members of advisory groups, and have co-authored numerous papers published in scientific journals. We host the Covid-19 Research Involvement Group in which researchers can interact directly with people with Long Covid for participation, involvement and engagement in research. In December 2020 Long Covid Support partnered with ISARIC and GLOPID-R to organise the Long Covid Forum, the first international research conference on the condition, which was opened by WHO Director General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus. 

We have worked with Imperial College London’s Patient Experience Research Centre to co-create the VOICE Global Long Covid Research Involvement Hub. This is a focal point for research where the public can sign up to receive alerts about new research, and investigators can place opportunities for involvement, participation and engagement in research.

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