On the day briefing: winter planning announcements
The government and national bodies have made number of announcements related to winter planning for 2018/19. This briefing summarises the key points and outlines our response to the announcements, which include:
- The Department of health and social care has announced that £145 million of funding will be made available for some NHS trusts for measures designed to improve emergency care this winter.
- Pauline Philip, national director of urgent and emergency care at NHSE and NHSI has written to NHS leaders acknowledging the challenges of the previous winter and outlining ambitions for maintaining performance against key targets in the coming months.
- As part of the comprehensive plan for winter, trusts have also been advised in a letter from NHS England and NHS Improvement that 100% of NHS staff should receive the flu vaccination to help protect patients and reduce the impact of flu ahead of the winter months.
- NHS Improvement’s review of winter 2017/18, also published today, reflects on the surge in demand experienced across almost all services last winter. Their review reflects the hard work and commitment of trusts and their staff in these difficult months, and sets out the priorities for the winter ahead.