A review of emergency services and emergency care, led by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, has recommended that the NHS in England needs a simpler and more coordinated system of round-the-clock urgent and emergency care. The review has identified that many patients are confused about where to go for help when they need urgent medical treatment, so tend to attend over-stretched A&E units by default.
Read more: BBC New: NHS ‘needs to simplify urgent care’.
Parkinson, C. (2013). NHS ‘needs to simplify urgent care’. London: BBC Health News, June 17th 2013.
This relates to:
High quality care for all, now and for future generations: transforming urgent and emergency care services in England: the Evidence Base from the Urgent and Emergency Care Review. London: NHS England, June 17th 2013.
High quality care for all, now and for future generations: transforming urgent and emergency care services in England. Emerging principles from the Urgent and Emergency Care Review. London: NHS England, June 17th 2013.
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NHS England asks patients, the public and staff to help shape the future of urgent and emergency care. London: NHS England, June 17th 2013.
Related Recent Publications
Cowling, TE. Cecil, EV. [and] Soljak, MA. [et al] (2013). Access to primary care and visits to emergency departments in England: a cross-sectional, population-based study. PloS One, June 2013, Vol.8(6), e66699. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).
A&E attendance by age, waiting time and deprivation. The Guardian (DataBlog), June 14th 2013.
Progress of NHS Reform
This report presents evidence on the progress of NHS reform, concerning – amongst other things – the increase in A&E visits and emergency admissions, the increase in A&E waiting times and increasing hospital occupancy rates.
Cawston, T. Corrie, C. [and] Fraser, C. [et al] (2013). Flat-lining: lack of progress on NHS reform. London: Reform, June 2013.
Evaluation of Integrated and Community-Based Care (Nuffield Trust)
This Nuffield Trust report draws conclusions from the evaluation of over 30 community-based interventions aimed at reducing emergency hospital admissions.
Bardsley, M. Steventon, A. Smith, J. [et al] (2013). Evaluating integrated and community-based care. How do we know what works? Research summary. London: Nuffield Trust, June 2013.
BBC Radio 4 Feature on the 30% Marginal Rate Rule
Urry, A. (2013). NHS funding gap costs hospitals £500m, survey finds. London: BBC Health News, July 2nd 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].