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.
Building back elective care
This briefing explores what lies ahead for the health service and patients, based on modelling of referral-to-treatment waiting trajectories in 2021.
7 March 2021
Tackling accelerating waiting lists
As waiting lists accelerate due to COVID-19, this letter highlights how the health secretary care can unlock a ‘summer of opportunity’ for the NHS.
13 May 2021
Restoration of general practice services
Unprecedented response from PCN Network members, indicative of the strength of feeling, following Nikki Kanani and Ed Waller SOP letter.
21 May 2021
Exploring referral-to-treatment waiting trajectories in 2021
Insights on recent trends in waiting times and how waiting patterns may unfold in 2021.
7 March 2021
NHS Reset: Clearing the backlog: three things to consider
A look at what may need to be at the heart of the NHS’s drive to restore services.
8 March 2021
Tackling the mental health tsunami: joint working between PCNs and mental health providers
Addressing the large rise in mental health problems in our communities as a result of the pandemic.
5 March 2021
Health leaders call for review of social distancing across NHS and to use summer months to tackle waiting list backlog
The health service could use this summer to make significant inroads in tackling the huge and growing waiting list backlog
13 May 2021
Urgent and emergency care clinical review of standards
A summary of proposals on urgent and emergency care standards.
15 December 2020
NHS Confed Conference
The NHS Confederation's flagship conference brought together over 5,000 delegates from across the health and care sector between 15 to 17 June 2021.
15 June 2021 09:00 - 17 June 2021 17:00 GMT
NHS Communicate Conference 2021
NHS Communicate Conference 2021 is a brand new event specifically designed for NHS communications leaders.
15 September 2021 09:00 - 17:00 GMT