The NHS frontline is always under considerable pressure over the winter period as demand for services tends to increase significantly with the onset of cold weather and flu. However, in recent years this pressure has been building not just at winter but throughout the year.
Winter pressures and planning is a key issue for the acute, mental health, community and ambulance service trusts that NHS Providers represents. We therefore carry out a range of activities on their behalf – for example, as NHS England publish their weekly sitrep data over winter we capture some of the key figures each week, alongside views from NHS trusts and stakeholder organisations in our NHS Winter watch campaign.
Below you can find a number of our key resources - reports, briefings, press statements and blogs - tracking the story of winter in the NHS.
Take a look back at our campaign from 2020/21.
Take a look back at our campaign from 2019/20.
Take a look back at our campaign from 2018/19.
Adam Brimelow speaks to Claire Helm, NHS Providers senior analysis manager, and Julian Russell, former senior research analyst, on the hurdles trusts are currently facing with bed occupancy, COVID-19 cases, and the work trusts are doing to manage the crisis.
Adam Brimelow speaks to Chris Hopson on the current situation in the NHS, the impact of misinformation and COVID-19 denial, and whether the vaccine really is a way out of lockdown.
Adam Brimelow speaks to Care Quality Commission colleagues Heidi Smoult, deputy chief inspector for hospitals, and Debbie Ivanova, deputy chief inspector for adult social care, about the concerns surrounding winter inspections, infection prevention and control, and their clinician support tool Patient FIRST.
Claire Helm and Julian Russell, former senior research analyst, discuss the developments in COVID-19 pressures, the impact of infection prevention measures, and what NHS trusts can expect in the coming months.
Adam Brimelow and Chris Hopson speak with Amanda Pritchard, who was then NHS England and NHS Improvement chief operating officer, on the past year, the legacy the NHS will hold, and her own personal message to health care workers.