Capacity and performance
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.
Analysis: the latest statistics on NHS England’s six key metrics for winter
A look at the current level of performance against NHS England’s six key metrics for integrated care boards, published last week.
19 August 2022
The COVID-19 inquiry: learning the lessons
Our view on the situation facing the NHS when the pandemic began, how events unfurled and core considerations for the COVID-19 inquiry.
15 July 2022
CQC’s assessment of integrated care systems
Summary and analysis of the Care Quality Commission's update and interim guidance on its approach to assessing integrated care systems.
23 March 2023
The NHS has warmed to Barclay, but his biggest test is to come
What the new reforms proposed by the Hewitt review will mean for the NHS and population health outcomes.
29 March 2023
The digital transformation gambit: simpler, faster, safer services?
Tom Loosemore and Deborah El-Sayed on how integrated care boards can capitalise on the digital revolution.
22 March 2023
ICS leaders will be pleased to see Health and Social Care Select Committee reflect their priorities in inquiry report
Sarah Walter, director of the ICS Network, responds to the publication of the Health and Social Care Select Committee inquiry report on ICS.
29 March 2023
Drop in public satisfaction with the NHS 'a red flag for government'
Matthew Taylor comments on findings from the 2022 British Social Attitudes Survey.
29 March 2023
Exploring and understanding the VCSE sector in provider collaboratives
A webinar on voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in provider collaboratives.
31 March 2023 13:00 - 15:00 GMT
Digital hubs - practical insights and next steps
Hear from Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHSFT and Salisbury NHSFT who will share their experience of delivering a digital hub.
17 May 2023 13:45 - 15:00 GMT
Health on the Line
New podcast series, hosted by Matthew Taylor, offers fresh perspectives on the healthcare challenges of our time and ways to confront them.