Emergency care Our work on non-elective NHS care delivered in A&E or a minor injury / walk-in setting Content Type Viewing: Our work Our work Publications Projects Blog posts Multimedia Press releases Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page What’s going on with A&E waiting times? Waiting times in accident and emergency (A&E) departments are a key measure of how the NHS is performing. In recent years, patients have been waiting longer in A&E; here we look at why that is. Video An alternative guide to the urgent and emergency care system in England This animation explains how the urgent and emergency care system fits together and shows how solving problems in A&E requires a joined-up response across all services. Slideshow John Appleby: pressures on accident and emergency services With pressures on accident and emergency departments hitting the headlines recently, John Appleby, Chief Economist at The King’s Fund, looks at the facts behind A&E attendances. Report How is the health and social care system performing? June 2013: Quarterly monitoring report Our latest quarterly monitoring report confirms that the government's target has been missed as A&E waiting times hit a nine-year high. Press release New analysis confirms government target missed as A&E waiting times hit nine-year high Across the quarter as a whole, the government’s target that no more than 5 per cent of patients should wait longer than four hours in A&E was missed for the first time since the Prime Minister pledged to keep A&E waiting times low in June 2011. Evidence and consultation Health Select Committee's inquiry into emergency services and emergency care: Evidence submission Our written submission to the House of Commons Health Select Committee inquiry into emergency services and emergency care. Blog Are accident and emergency attendances increasing? Pressures on accident and emergency departments have hit the headlines recently. But what are the facts about A&E attendances? Blog Can we keep up with the demand for urgent and emergency care? With the urgent and emergency care system under severe pressure, Nigel Edwards looks at how the problems around increasing demand could be addressed. Blog The increasing demands on Accident and Emergency departments: no easy answers While demands on accident and emergency departments have always received great attention, Robert Royce highlights that many are still struggling to cope. Blog Use of emergency hospital beds: why is there so much variation? An emergency admission to hospital is a disruptive and unsettling experience, so surely we owe it to our patients to reduce the current variation between areas? Report Older people and emergency bed use: Exploring variation This paper explores factors that might be driving the significant variation in use of hospital beds by patients over 65 admitted as an emergency. Press release A&E waiting times hit eight-year high as NHS struggles to meet productivity challenge The proportion of patients waiting more than four hours in A&E has increased by more than a quarter over the last year, reaching its highest level since 2004, according to the latest quarterly monitoring report on NHS performance published by The King’s Fund. Evidence and consultation Data briefing: Emergency hospital admissions for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions: Identifying the potential for reductions Our data briefing looks at patterns of admissions for ambulatory care-sensitive conditions and assesses how emergency admissions could be reduced. Evidence and consultation Data briefing: Emergency bed use: What the numbers tell us Our data briefing looks at the trends emerging in emergency admissions and hospital bed use in the NHS. What do the numbers tell us? Blog The case for reconfiguration in emergency surgery Using a personal experience of emergency surgery, Candace Imison makes the case for hospital reconfiguration in her blog. Completed project Reducing acute care bed utilisation Analysing how acute care beds are being used in the NHS in England, and considering the pressure placed on availability by the NHS reforms. Report Avoiding hospital admissions: What does the research evidence say? In order to successfully reduce avoidable emergency admissions, we need to fully understand which interventions are the most effective. The King's Fund commissioned this review of research evidence to establish which interventions work in avoiding emergency or unplanned hospital admissions. Press release Healthcare Commission report a damning indictment of emergency care in Mid Staffordshire The King's Fund's Chief Executive, Niall Dickson, comments in response to the Healthcare Commission's investigation into emergency care at Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. Evidence and consultation Department of Health consultation on options for the future of Payment by Results: 2008/9 to 2010/11: Consultation response This paper supports the challenges set out by the Department of Health for Payments by Results, but asks if its goals are likely to conflict in practice. Press release Evercare needs evaluation of cost effectiveness before it is rolled out further, says The King's Fund The government should resist further rolling out of the US Evercare model for reducing emergency hospital admissions among older people without a robust evaluation to determine its cost effectiveness, The King's Fund said today. Report Managing the Pressure: Emergency hospital admissions in London 1997-2001 Examines how the NHS can tackle the problems of peaks in demand by analysing the nature of emergency admissions in London. Reading listUrgent and emergency care services reading list A selected list of references held by The King's Fund library. Got a question? Ask a librarianTopicHospital care: Our work on NHS care delivered in a hospital settingActive projectQuarterly monitoring report (QMR) How is the NHS performing?Our quarterly monitoring reports provide a regular update on how the NHS in England is performing. We examine the views of finance directors on the productivity challenge they face, as well as key NHS performance data.