Nuffield Trust Newsletter: February 2018
As the cold weather continues, the Nuffield Trust reflects on how the health and social care sectors have been coping with extra pressure this winter in a series of blogs.
The resilience of those working in the NHS and social care is being tested to its limits this winter. With the current cold snap postponing any early end to the pressure on services, Assistant Director of Policy, Ruth Thorlby, looks back at how health and social care have been surviving this season’s extra pressures, and where action is needed now in advance of next winter.
Children make extensive use of the NHS, yet adult care tends to dominate the winter pressures debate. Clinical Fellow Dr Susannah Pye looks at how pressures on services impact on patients like 9-month-old Ollie.
Clinical Fellow Dr Becks Fisher says the pressures reported in hospitals are painfully felt in the community too, but we don’t have comprehensive data to show what this means in practice.
NHS 111 has been criticised for directing a high proportion of patients to A&E, which may add to pressures felt during winter. But are callers to NHS 111 less likely to visit A&E if they speak to a doctor or nurse?
Two improvement projects supported by the Health Foundation have been thinking differently about ways of reducing pressure on stretched services – pressures which often become most visible and acute during winter.
The Health Foundation Newsletter is available here