On the day briefing: A review of winter 2016/17

Today NHS Improvement (NHSI) and NHS England (NHSE) have published a report which reviews the impact of winter on secondary care in 2016/17. It notes some of the key statistics in this period as well as assessing actions taken by both national bodies and local organisations. Based on the review of winter 2016/17, the report also makes 10 recommendations to help improve system performance this coming winter. 

This briefing summarises the key findings and recommendations of the report, which can be broken down into 5 key areas:

  1. System capacity
  2. Planning for peaks in demand
  3. Variation in practice
  4. Work of the national bodies
  5. Services outside of hospital.

In addition to this, NHSI has published a good practice guide on improving patient flow. Designed to improve emergency departments and non-elective pathways, the guide contains actions focused on better patient flow and performance against the four-hour standard. A separate summary of this is in Annex A to this briefing.

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