Hospital care Our work on NHS care delivered in a hospital setting Content Type Viewing: Our work Our work Publications Projects Blog posts Events Multimedia Press releases Share this content Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Email Print this page 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. 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 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. 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. Audio Jane Dacre: Views from the front line - how can we improve hospital care? Professor Jane Dacre, President of the Royal College of Physicians, responds to our report, Organising care at the NHS front line. Blog Shifting attention to acute medical wards would benefit staff and patients David Oliver explains why we should focus on issues at the NHS front line. Giving more time and thought to the experience of acutely ill medical patients would bring benefits to the entire health system. Audio Michael Wise: Views from the front line - how can we improve hospital care? Michael Wise, patient, author and former specialist in oral surgery and restorative dentistry, gives his perspective as a patient on our report, Organising care at the NHS front line. Slideshow Chris Ham: Views from the front line - how can we improve hospital care? Chris Ham shares key findings from our report, Organising care at the NHS front line. Slideshow Neil Tester: Safely home - what happens when people leave hospital and care settings? Neil Tester, Director of Policy and Communications, Healthwatch England, shares lessons learnt from listening to patient stories and discusses improving discharges from hospital in Oxfordshire. Blog An insight into frontline clinical care in acute hospitals Having spent time shadowing frontline physicians in acute hospitals, Chris Ham and Don Berwick set out the challenges they observed and talk about how the Fund is working with others to develop an agenda for improvements. Active project Frontline clinical care in acute hospitals Our research looks at pressures on frontline clinical care in acute hospitals. Article Political crisis in the NHS The government should heed the warning signs and embark on fundamental reform. Blog Demand and activity in the NHS: still rising As we publish our new briefing, Richard Murray considers the wider context of increasing demand and activity in English hospitals. Long read How hospital activity in the NHS in England has changed over time Why is the NHS struggling to maintain standards of care despite increased funding? Demand for services is rising. Library blog Careless talk costs lives: noise in hospitals Hong-Anh Nguyen explores the Fund's historical work on improving patient experience, including the issue of noise in hospitals. Blog Why is it more difficult than ever for older people to leave hospital? David Oliver looks at the findings of the National Audit Office report and considers why hospitals are still failing to discharge older people on time. Completed project Carter review on productivity in NHS hospitals A selection of our work on topics related to the Carter review of efficiency in NHS hospitals: value, productivity and variations in health care. Blog Productivity in acute hospitals – are the recommendations of the Carter Review realistic? With the recent publication of the Carter Review's final report on operational productivity in acute hospitals, Richard Murray reflects on whether it proposes a realistic approach to implementation. Reading list Inpatient mental health services reading list A selected list of references held by The King's Fund library. Analysis of trends in NHS inpatient surveys 2005–13 A summary of the Patients' experience of using hospital services report which examines nine years of NHS inpatient survey data to find trends at national level and trust level. Report Patients' experience of using hospital services: An analysis of trends in inpatient surveys in NHS acute trusts in England 2005-13 Our report looks at the data from inpatient surveys over a nine-year period and discusses what the data tells us about the national picture of care in the NHS and what it reveals about trends for individual trusts over time. Press release Inpatient survey shows only modest improvements in patient experience The inpatient survey in England shows that over the past nine years trusts have seen only a modest improvement in quality of care as judged by patients, says a new report from The King’s Fund and Picker Institute Europe. Blog Improving hospital discharge and intermediate care for older people Healthwatch England's recent report, Safely home, described in harrowing detail the personal stories of patients who felt that their discharge from hospital was unsupported. It also described patients marooned in acute beds unable to move on. So how can older people's care be improved? Case study 4: Denmark’s hospital transformation Case study of Denmark’s hospital transformation initiative to support the case for a Transformation Fund for the NHS in England. 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.