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Black alert? Or many shades of OPEL

Blog post 06/01/2017Nigel Edwards

In this analysis from winter 2016/17, Nigel Edwards explains OPELs - a new system designed to help the NHS better understand winter pressures. OPEL figures revealed a third of hospitals in December 2016 issued serious alerts about their ability to meet patient pressures.

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Pressure on NHS beds could risk patient safety, Nuffield Trust warns

Press release 16/12/2016

Five entire hospitals’-worth of extra beds had to be opened every day last winter.

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Winter hospital bed pressures

Report 16/12/2016John Appleby

Kicking off a new data series on winter pressures, John Appleby presents the findings of a new analysis of bed occupancy levels from NHS England situation reports for last winter. The analysis suggests that the NHS could be on track for a very difficult winter this year.

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Seven-day NHS: a frontline perspective

Blog post 14/12/2016Saira Ghafur

Saira Ghafur outlines some of the challenges around seven-day working from the perspective of someone with lived experience of working on call in a hospital.

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We respond to October's Combined Performance Summary

Press release 08/12/2016

Professor John Appleby responds to the latest performance figures from NHS England.

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NHS pressures undermining relations between doctors and managers, study shows

Press release 01/12/2016

Our new report looks at the relationship between hospital managers and senior doctors.

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We comment on NHS Providers’ State of the Provider Sector report

Press release 29/11/2016

Nigel Edwards provides a comment on the State of the Provider Sector report from NHS Providers.

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Our response to September's NHS Combined Performance Summary

Press release 10/11/2016

Our response to the NHS Combined Performance Summary for September.

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Nuffield Trust response to the Health Select Committee report on winter pressures

Press release 03/11/2016

Nigel Edwards comments on the latest report from the Health Select Committee on winter pressures.

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Making patient flow everybody’s business

Blog post 26/10/2016Nuffield Trust

Rob Sainsbury of Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust explains how the trust went from struggling with A&E performance and flow issues to being a top national performer in just one year.

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