NHS winter pressures

A series of Health Foundation blogs looking at winter pressures in the health and social care system in 2017/18

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In the winter of 2017/18, we published a series of blogs and charts examining the winter pressures faced by the NHS in England.

In the first blog, Dr Becks Fisher began by asking how well prepared the NHS was for this winter, looking at their aims to help us stay well and reduce pressure on hospitals. Subsequent blogs followed the patient journey through the health service. Topics included the situation in A&E departments, challenges with hospital admissions and high bed occupancy rates, and what delayed transfers of care mean for people leaving hospital and returning home.

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Winter is coming: How much would it cost to keep the pressure down?

The evenings are drawing in, and NHS minds are once again focusing on the impending winter pressures.

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NHS winter pressures: How well prepared is the NHS in England?

In our first blog looking at winter pressures, we look at the measures taken beyond hospitals to avoid the known threats of w...

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NHS winter pressures: Going into hospital

In our second blog about winter pressures on the NHS, we look at what is happening at the front door of hospitals this Decemb...

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NHS winter pressures: Being in hospital

In our third blog about winter pressures on the NHS, we look at what is happening inside hospitals this winter.

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NHS winter pressures: Going home from hospital

In our fourth blog about winter pressures on the NHS, we look at leaving hospital and returning home.

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What do winter pressures mean for paediatric care?

Susannah Pye, a paediatrician and Clinical Fellow at the Health Foundation, writes about the impact of winter pressures on he...

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Winter pressures data: Where are the blind spots?

Dr Rebecca Fisher, a GP and Policy Fellow at the Health Foundation, considers what the data can’t tell us about winter pressu...

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Meeting the demands of winter and beyond

Our Assistant Director of Policy, Ruth Thorlby, looks back at how the health and care service has been surviving this season’...

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