This can include treatment for a severe injury, period of illness, urgent medical condition, or to recover from surgery. In the NHS, it often includes services such as accident and emergency (A&E) departments, inpatient and outpatient medicine and surgery.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.


CQC’s report suggests this winter is set to test the health and care system like no other

Press release
22 October 2021

Health Foundation response to the Care Quality Commission's annual State of Care report.

Post-intensive care syndrome following cardiothoracic critical care

Journal article
15 April 2021

A feasibility study of a complex intervention.

Longer waits, missing patients and catching up

13 April 2021

Six charts looking at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on consultant-led elective care.

Perspectives of paediatric hospital staff on factors influencing the sustainability and spread of a safety quality improvement programme

Journal article
22 March 2021

Hospital staff perspectives on sustainability and and safety of quality improvement programmes in paediatric care.

Healthcare use and costs in the last year of life

Journal article
12 February 2021

A national population data linkage study.

Risk to pandemic recovery due to nursing shortages

Press release
9 December 2020

A new report published today by the Health Foundation’s REAL Centre raise concerns that the nursing shortfalls, together with the backlog in routine care and growing need for health care, is likely to...

Evaluation of a personal protective equipment support programme for staff during the COVID-19 pandemic in London

Journal article
8 December 2020

An assessment of personal protective equipment programme supporting clinical staff in London during Covid-19 pandemic.

Delivering insight for decision makers

Improvement project

Aiming to improve patient flow and safety in the trust’s intensive care unit by providing staff with the information they need to make data-driven decisions about clinical care and capacity. A reporti...

Medication-related problems in Intensive Care Unit survivors

Journal article
14 September 2020

Analysis of medication-related problems in intensive care survivors. 

How is COVID-19 changing the use of emergency care by region?

22 May 2020

Changes in the overall number of ambulance incidents have been small but there are large changes in how ambulances treat patients, with fewer being taken to A&E and more treated at the scene.

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