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. Blog The crucial role of volunteers in supporting compassionate, high-quality patient care Volunteers are well placed to help organisations meet a number of Francis’s key recommendations, says Claire Mundle. Report Volunteering in health and care: Securing a sustainable future Our report looks at the important part that volunteers play in improving patient experience, addressing health inequalities, and building a closer relationship between services and communities. Blog Letter to a friend, a non-executive director on the board of an NHS Foundation Trust Jocelyn Cornwell gives her advice to non-executive directors following the Francis Inquiry report. Video Nick Gash: how will hospitals change in the future? Nick Gash, non-executive director, West Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, considers how hospitals will change in the future. Article If we want to save more lives, general hospitals must close The current system, dominated by the general hospital, is outmoded. But are politicians brave enough to dismantle some of those shells? Blog Payment by Results: time for a rethink? The more we have got to know about how PbR operates and similar payment methods in other countries operate in practice, the more there seems to be a case for a rethink, says John Appleby. Blog Transforming health and social care: can the chrysalis become a butterfly? Chris Ham argues that much bolder approach is needed to bring about innovative models of care that meet the population's needs. Blog The friends and family test: will hospitals raise their game? NHS hospitals will soon be required to ask patients whether they would want a friend or relative to be treated there. But will this make hospitals raise their game? Report Continuity of care for older hospital patients: A call for action This paper focuses on those aged 70 years and older with multiple health problems and explores how continuity of care affects them and the people closest to them. Blog SHMI, the new indicator for measuring hospital mortality: more light or more confusion? In her blog, Veena Raleigh is doubtful that the new hospital mortality rate indictor, SHMI, will provide the definitive measure of a hospital's quality. Blog Lost and confused: improving hospital care for dementia patients After the CQC report on quality of care, Anna Dixon asks if acute hospitals are providing the right care for people with dementia. Press release Some hospitals struggling despite strong overall NHS performance says latest monitoring report from The King's Fund NHS performance is holding up well but national statistics mask significant pressures in some local areas, according to the latest quarterly monitoring report on NHS performance published by The King's Fund. Blog Do we need more generalists in our hospitals? Anna Dixon asks if ever-increasing specialisation in acute care is benefitting patients in her new blog. Blog Reconfiguring hospital services: a bold move to improve health care? Chris Ham examines how to reconfigure hospital services to improve the quality and safety of health care. Evidence and consultation Briefing: Reconfiguring hospital services The King's Fund's briefing on reconfiguration calls for radical changes to streamline the process for reorganising hospital services and to prevent politicians from blocking essential changes that would improve the quality and safety of NHS care. 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. Press release NHS hospitals will struggle to meet productivity targets Many NHS hospitals will struggle to deliver productivity improvements essential to maintaining quality and avoiding significant cuts to services, according to the latest quarterly monitoring report on NHS performance published by The King's Fund. Blog Hospital doctors: the reformed NHS needs you! With announced revisions of the NHS reforms, hospital doctors are being given an opportunity to become involved in clinical commissioning. Report Reconfiguring hospital services: Lessons from South East London Reconfiguring hospital services offers a timely and sobering contribution to the emerging debate on how service and organisational change should be taken forward across the NHS in England. Blog The waiting game: what's happening to hospital waiting times? The health White Paper sets out a significant set of reforms for the NHS. We plan to follow the evolution and implementation of these changes and assess their impact. 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.