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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.
WORKFORCE: East of England Ambulance Service Trust chief executive Anthony Marsh has left the role with the organisation yet to appoint a successor.
STRUCTURE: The ambulance service that covers Greater Manchester has resolved some expected difficulties with adapting its IT system to recognise the region’s newly designated ‘specialist’ hospitals, it has told regional leaders.
Plans to publish safe nurse staffing guidance for emergency departments have been abandoned in a U-turn by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence.
In the face of rising pressures, we explore solutions including training rotations and a cap on agency staffing
The first wave of urgent and emergency care vanguard sites has been revealed by NHS England.
HSJ’s map of the eight sites identified by NHS England as the first urgent and emergency care vanguards.
Clinical commissioning groups are expected to fund a 2.3 per cent increase in emergency activity this year compared to 2014-15, NHS England has confirmed.
With trusts offering all days services
This trust delivered the four hour target for first time in three years
Ambulance delays due to out of date satellite navigation systems could have contributed to two patient deaths, according to incidents reported to the National Reporting and Learning System.
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We have compiled a selection of our best commissioning, innovation and leadership articles over the past year, looking at the pressures facing emergency care and how organisations are dealing with it.