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 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. 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. Library blog From salmon mould to Moroccan tabbouleh: hospitals diets and patient nutrition For many years, The King's Fund was one of the leading voices on hospital diets and patient nutrition. Here, Ruth Nitkiewicz takes a look through our digital archive, analysing the various recommendations that have been made down the years. Article Acute hospitals and integrated care: what business are we in? Hugh Alderwick and Chris Naylor discuss provider-led approaches to integration. Slideshow Hugh Alderwick: Acute hospitals and integrated care Hugh Alderwick introduces the findings of our report on acute hospitals and their role in integrated care. Report Acute hospitals and integrated care: From hospitals to health systems This report looks at lessons from case studies where acute hospitals are working collaboratively with local partners to build integrated models of care. Blog Integrated care: the end of the hospital as we know it? While integrated care clearly means change for hospital-based professionals, it is not by definition opposed to the institutional interests of hospital providers, says Chris Naylor. Article Discharging patients from overcrowded hospitals – fewer 'progress chasers' and more 'doers' please This year, urgent activity in English NHS hospitals has reportedly hit a record high. These figures routinely underestimate the real number of people in beds whose needs no longer require the full facilities of the general hospital. Reconfiguring specialist vascular surgery Summary of the reconfiguration of specialist vascular surgery from The reconfiguration of clinical services report. Reconfiguring trauma services Summary of the reconfiguration of trauma care from The reconfiguration of clinical services report. Reconfiguring elective surgical care Summary of the reconfiguration of elective surgical care from The reconfiguration of clinical services report. Reconfiguring acute surgical services Summary of the reconfiguration of acute surgical services from The reconfiguration of clinical services report. Reconfiguring acute medical services Summary of the reconfiguration of acute medical services from The reconfiguration of clinical services report. Article The future for specialists is beyond a hospital’s four walls Specialists can provide support and training to help GPs and nurses diagnose and treat complex patients, write Ruth Robertson and Matthew Honeyman. 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.