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Winter Insight: The ambulance service

Report 07/04/2017John Appleby | Mark Dayan

The ambulance service has come to be a totemic symbol of the NHS in England, free at the point of use and available to all. It represents the fundamental duty of care at the heart of the health service and is an expression of the dedication of NHS staff. In our final winter briefing, we look at thes...

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NHS 111 sending increasing number of callers to A&E and ambulances

Press release 22/02/2017

Numbers of NHS 111 callers sent to emergency services vary significantly around the country.

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Winter insight

Spotlight 07/02/2017

In a new short series, the Nuffield Trust is looking closely at some of the big issues behind pressure on the NHS in winter months.

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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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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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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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Winter pressures: what's going on behind the scenes?

Report 11/02/2016Dr Elizabeth Fisher | Holly Smith (Dorning)

In this latest analysis from QualityWatch, a joint Nuffield Trust and Health Foundation research programme, we track performance across 29 different indicators over the past five years to shine a light on the pressure hospital services experience in winter.

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Lessons from last year's A&E winter crisis

Briefing 10/12/2015

As winter fast approaches, Sasha Karakusevic and Mark Dayan take a closer look at where the £700 million was spent sorting out last year's winter pressures in the A&E. Although much of that money was put into additional hospital beds and staff, they argue for a more strategic approach this year, gi...

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NHS will struggle to cope this winter, new analysis finds

Press release 10/12/2015

Just 3.6 per cent of patients took up over a third of all bed capacity in acute hospitals in England last year, a new analysis by the Nuffield Trust of pressures on the NHS last winter has found.

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