New report from NHS Providers warns that the coming winter is likely to be even more difficult than the last for trusts, staff and patients
This briefing explores some of the key questions about the sector’s preparedness for the coming winter. These include the operational and financial challenges trusts face following this summer’s heatwave, the support available from the national bodies, and the preparations trusts and their partners are making to meet the needs of their local populations.
The findings are informed by published national data and detailed perspectives from trust leaders as they steel themselves for the most challenging time of year.
The report finds that Trusts are working hard to prepare for this winter. Welcome improvements have been put in place to help deal with the pressures ahead. However, weighing the likely impact of these improvements against the probable scale of pressures, the authors conclude that the coming winter will be more difficult than the last one for trusts, staff and for patients.
Full report: Steeling ourselves for winter 2018/19