Hospital care Our work on NHS care delivered in a hospital 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 Paid event Patient flow: finding solutions to recurring challenges This event explored best practice examples on improving patient flow. Data visualisation The number of hospital beds Over the past three decades the number of hospital beds has been declining in England. This is a result of medical advances and a shift in policy towards providing treatment and care outside hospital. Audio Trolleys and targets: a never-ending winter for hospitals? A podcast about big ideas in health and care. Episode two: Does winter ever end for the NHS these days? Helen McKenna talks about winter pressures in A&E with Siva Anandaciva and Matthew Kershaw. Data visualisation Hospital activity The NHS is treating more patients than ever before, with hospitals experiencing increases in attendances at A&E departments, non-elective (emergency) admissions, elective admissions, and outpatient attendances. Report NHS hospital bed numbers: past, present, future The number of NHS hospital beds in England has more than halved over the past 30 years. This briefing examines the data on hospital beds, explores the drivers underpinning the changes observed and considers whether STPs’ proposed bed reductions are realistic. Blog Is it time for a new National Beds Inquiry, or a national policy decision? Does the NHS need more beds or fewer beds to meet current and future needs? Siva Anandaciva sets out what might help to resolve the debate. Video Tom Bourne: Working as a hospital doctor can be bad for your health Professor Tom Bourne spoke at our Annual Conference 2019 about burnout, wellbeing and how this is associated with defensive medical practice in the UK. Press release The King's Fund calls for a review of hospital bed numbers Richard Murray, Chief Executive of The King’s Fund, comments on today’s combined performance summary and weekly winter situation reports. Press release 'A hidden crisis in hospitals up and down the country' - The King's Fund responds to NHS combined performance data ‘Despite a mild winter, today’s figures reveal a hidden crisis in hospitals up and down the country,' says Deborah Ward, Senior Analyst at The King’s Fund. Press release The King's Fund responds to plans to pilot changes to NHS waiting times targets Richard Murray, Chief Executive at The King's Fund, responds to plans to pilot changes to NHS waiting times targets. Press release The King's Fund responds to the latest NHS performance figures 'Today’s figures reveal a hidden crisis that is all too real in emergency departments up and down the country,' says Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst at The King's Fund. Video Christie Watson: reflections on the NHS Writer and former nurse, Christie Watson, talks about her experience working in the NHS, how demand has changed in recent years and the importance of public health and integrated care – along with the changes she thinks are necessary. Press release The King's Fund responds to NHS performance data ‘The first set of winter statistics show the NHS already under tremendous strain and patients waiting longer and longer for care,' says Siva Anandaciva, Chief Analyst at The King’s Fund. Video Matthew Lewis: A view from the front line Matthew Lewis, Visiting Fellow at The King’s Fund, speaks at our 2018 annual conference. Hear learning from our report 'Approaches to better value: improving quality and cost' where we heard from staff at three NHS acute hospital trusts. Press release The King's Fund responds to NHS Improvement's report on the performance of the NHS provider sector Today’s report from NHS Improvement on the performance of the NHS provider sector in the second quarter of 2018, is a warning that the NHS is heading for another very tough winter, with rising demand for services and staff shortages taking an increasingly heavy toll on patient care. Blog Better value and a better night's sleep: keeping acutely unwell children and adults out of hospital Mathew Mathai, Consultant Paediatrician at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, explains how the concept of a ‘virtual hospital’ and keeping patients out of hospital where possible has helped to improve quality and reduce costs. Press release The King's Fund responds to the CQC 2017 NHS adult inpatient survey 'These latest findings, from one of the largest national patient surveys, show patient experience in hospitals is holding up remarkably well and has even seen some improvements since last year particularly around communication between staff and patients.' Blog How do you engage clinicians in your digital change programme? How important is user engagement when it comes to managing digital change projects? Dr Robert Fearn, a clinician from Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, explores the connection ahead of our new report. Emergency department checklists With pressure on emergency departments increasing, a simple checklist of tasks to be completed for every patient on arrival provides guidance for staff who are not used to working in the department and ensures that no essential tasks are missed, even during busy periods. Press release Response to the latest winter situation report from NHS England The King’s Fund has today responded to the latest winter situation report from NHS England. Article What is happening to waiting times in the NHS? We examine the big issues and recent NHS performance on waiting times. Blog Hospital bed numbers – can the downward trend continue? Leo Ewbank asks whether sustainability and transformation plan proposals to reduce the number of hospital beds are realistic. Press release The King’s Fund warns against further hospital bed cuts Our report finds that NHS plans in some areas to cut hospital beds are undesirable and unachievable. Blog We should see acute hospitals as places for healing Jocelyn Cornwell explores how vulnerable patients can feel in hospital and argues that the quality of relational care should be given the same priority as clinical quality and patient safety. Got a question? Ask a librarianReading listInpatient mental health services reading list A selected list of references held by The King's Fund library. TopicEmergency care: Our work on non-elective NHS care delivered in A&E or a minor injury / walk-in settingTopicIntegrated care: Our work on joined-up health and care services Our work on joined-up health and care services within the NHS and social care.