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. 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. Report Choosing a high-quality hospital: The role of nudges, scorecard design and information Choosing a high-quality hospital explores how information can help patients to make informed choices. It is based on a research study, which began with a series of focus group discussions, the results of which informed the design of an online experiment. Blog Which English hospital is best at hips? John Appleby considers the first set of data on post-operative patient reported outcome measures (PROMs) published by the Department of Health. Report Measures of patients' experience in hospital: Purpose, methods and uses This paper provides a brief guide to measuring patients' experiences to help trust boards and other interested parties decide which measurement and feedback tools are appropriate for their requirements. Article Enabling compassionate care in acute hospital settings Part of the King's Fund Point of Care programme, 'Enabling Compassion' was the first in a series of workshops, and was intended to gain insight into what prevents and enables compassionate care. Report Healthcare-associated infections Rachel Turner looks at the rise of healthcare-associated infections across the NHS, including the policies and strategies put in place to combat these infections. Report Under One Roof: Will polyclinics deliver integrated care? This report asks whether the polyclinic model will improve the quality and accessibility of health care and deliver cost savings and integrated care. Press release Patient choice has some way to go before it delivers improvements in hospital quality, says The King's Fund Patients will be able to choose where they are treated from any provider meeting Healthcare Commission standards from 1 April, but a King's Fund's briefing, Free Choice at the Point of Referral, on the latest official data finds the policy has some way to go before it is likely to drive improvements in the quality of hospital services. Report The reconfiguration of hospital services in England This briefing examines the recent debate over hospital configuration in England; describes what changes are currently being proposed together with the main factors driving these changes; and sets out the process by which services can be reconfigured. 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.