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.
How is the NHS performing this winter? 27 December to 2 January in review
Increased staff absences, ambulance handover delays and barriers to discharge alongside rises in hospitalisations show a service under pressure.
7 January 2022
The Winter Access Fund
A practical guide to facilitate discussions and planning between primary care providers and CCGs/systems on the Winter Access Fund.
22 October 2021
Beyond bricks and mortar
Insufficient capital funding may hamper the government’s plans for the NHS, impacting safety standards, digital innovations and worsening inequalities
15 October 2021
ICS delay muddies leadership and threatens accountability
Poor communication about ICS delays hasn't helped what can be an already difficult situation.
14 January 2022
The NHS was left ill-prepared for COVID-19
The public inquiry into the pandemic will pose fundamental questions into the role of the state in responding to the crisis.
11 January 2022
A note of caution - the situation in health and care remains serious
Darren Hughes, director of the Welsh NHS Confederation, responds to the latest Welsh Government review of Coronavirus regulations.
14 January 2022
NHS leaders warn of dangerous complacency around Omicron threat
The NHS is still facing several weeks of intense winter pressures, with health leaders urging politicians to avoid complacency around Omicron.
13 January 2022
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.