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Ambulance trusts are struggling to meet the target to get to a patient within eight minutes of an emergency call, the latest data from NHS England shows.
HSJ has mapped all 50 vanguards that will introduce new care models across the country. Explore the map to see what changes each vanguard intends to make.
PERFORMANCE: King’s College Hospital Foundation Trust has been rated ‘requires improvement’ after the Care Quality Commission found overcrowding in emergency departments and patients waiting for long periods.
The NHS will struggle to stay in the black this year unless ‘decisive action’ is taken to reduce the cost of temporary staffing, the NHS England chief executive has warned.
A second medical royal college has told HSJ it is concerned over the extent of gaps in rotas for junior doctors, with some maternity wards having a vacancy rate of 15-20 per cent.
Accident and emergency departments should be judged by two new targets alongside the four hour target, the president of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine has said.
FINANCE: Commissioners in Birmingham have removed from their annual efficiency plan this year’s expected savings from the better care fund because the financial gains were unlikely to be realised this year.
The chief executive of South Warwickshire Foundation Trust has joined a new emergency support team set up by the national regulators and the Department of Health.
PERFORMANCE: Ambulances will be temporarily diverted from the accident and emergency department at Medway Foundation Trust two mornings this week under a plan from NHS England.
The urgent and emergency care vanguards are overhauling 111 systems and moving activity out of hospital, but the constraints of finance and workforce shortages are a concern, HSJ has been told.
Twenty-seven urgent and emergency care systems that are struggling to meet the four hour target will be given targeted support as part of a programme announced today.
The worst accident and emergency performance against the four hour target in more than 10 years was due to hospitals struggling with very high bed occupancy rates, Monitor has concluded.
More than 2,100 mental health patients were forced to travel out of area for an inpatient bed in May this year, according to data published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre.
Almost 4,000 people detained under the Mental Health Act are still being forced to stay in police cells rather than a hospital, despite a 54 per cent fall over the last three years.
The urgent and emergency care vanguards are the ‘battering ram of change’ and should quickly test new ideas to be replicated nationally, the director of NHS England’s new care models programme has said.
Yorkshire Ambulance Service Trust has been told to improve following a Care Quality Commission inspection.
Hospitals have been told by national officials to focus on improving access to medical consultants and diagnostic services as part of efforts to improve care for NHS patients at weekends.
WORKFORCE: East of England Ambulance Service Trust has appointed Robert Morton as its new chief executive.
The number of patients waiting to start treatment has hit the highest point in seven years, according to the latest data from NHS England.
A buddy system for poorly performing urgent and emergency care systems will be introduced this winter in an attempt to help the ‘most challenged’ areas.
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