The Health Foundation’s latest report on whole systems approaches to patient flow attempts to supply a definitive guide on this topic for local health and social care economies in the UK. It summarises the state of current knowledge about “the activities, methods, approaches and skills that can help to improve flow across systems”.
Fillingham, D. Jones, B. [and] Pereira, P. (2016). The challenge and potential of whole system flow: improving the flow of people, information and resources across whole health and social care economies. London: Health Foundation, December 2016.
Continuing Concerns Over Unmet NHS Performance Targets (BBC News)
BBC analysis of NHS figures indicate patients in England face longer delays in receiving hospital beds after emergency admissions. Almost 475,000 patients waited over four hours for ward beds in 2015-16; roughly a five-fold increase since 2010-11.
Triggle, N. (2016). ‘Deeply worrying’ waits for hospital beds. London: BBC Health News, December 7th 2016.
Pym, H. (2017). Fewer beds, higher patient demand – NHS pressure mounts. London: BBC Health News, January 20th 2017.
Progress at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:
Pym, H. (2016). Hospital proving patient waits can be cut. London: BBC Health News, December 9th 2016.
Ambulance Response Times Performance Targets
Triggle, N. [and] Greenwood, G. (2016). Ambulances ‘too slow to reach 999 calls’. London: BBC Health News, November 30th 2016.
Triggle, N. (2016). Ambulance pressure: five ways services are innovating. London: BBC Health News, November 29th 2016.
Further analysis from BBC News:
Triggle, N. (2016). How scrapping targets could help ambulances. London: BBC Health News, November 30th 2016.
More speculation / trials regarding relaxation of the eight-minute target for responding to certain calls:
Ambulance services ‘not coping’ as demand rises. London: BBC Health News, January 26th 2017.