NHS sets out winter guidance

17 Aug 2022 04:55 PM

Last week, the NHS set out its plans to rapidly boost capacity and resilience ahead of what is expected to be another busy winter period for local services.

These come ahead of what is predicted to be a ‘perfect storm’ of yet more Covid-19 cases and the flu season.

Many of the NHS’s key measures involve technology, including the use of virtual wards to provide some of the estimated 7,000 additional beds that may be required and the recruitment of more 111 and 999 call centre staff to deal with higher demand.

Others look to better connect essential parts of the system. In July, only 40% of patients who were ready to leave hospital ended up doing so. This was primarily due to stretched social care services and will be tackled through greater collaboration throughout the winter.

Alongside these measures, the government will continue to tackle the Covid backlog through its Elective Recovery Plan, which earlier this week led to the announcement that the NHS had virtually eliminated two-year waits for elective care before the end of July. The next milestone concerns those waiting more than two months after an urgent referral for suspected cancer or 18 months for routine care.

The full set of core objectives and key actions for operational resilience are as follows:

You can read more about the context behind the NHS’s package of measures to boost winter capacity by clicking here.

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