The NHS has worked tirelessly to support the country in response to COVID-19, but the pandemic has impacted on all aspects of its care, with elective and diagnostic activities among those services that have been most disrupted. This has led to a considerable backlog of people waiting for NHS treatment.
The sustained impact of the pandemic will leave a backlog of care in excess of anything seen over the last decade. Rapidly rising demand for services is now being experienced across all parts of the health system, and the NHS faces a long road to recovery.
At the same time, NHS organisations are working more effectively together to meet the challenges of addressing the backlog, using new technology and innovative approaches to service delivery to improve patient care.
System under pressure
The NHS is facing unsustainable pressures, with record demand for urgent and emergency care, increasing elective referrals and rising bed occupancy.
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19 August 2022
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Director Darren Hughes calls for an honest conversation with the public about what the NHS and social care colleagues can be expected to deliver.
28 April 2023
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31 March 2023
Significant investment into NHS community services would lead to a marked reduction in A&E footfall and ambulance call outs
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27 September 2023
NHS Confederation responds to the Centre for Mental Health report 'A mentally healthier nation'
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27 September 2023
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5 October 2023 17:00 - 18:00 GMT
NICON23: Conference, Good Practice & Innovation Showcase
Due to high demand, we are now operating a waitlist for in-person attendance at NICON23.
18 October 2023 08:15 - 19 October 2023 13:15 GMT
Health on the Line
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