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 will explore 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. 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. Article Is it the end for district general hospitals? Tony Harrison and Ian Gilmore ask whether more care at home and new 'polyclinics' will spell the end of district general hospitals? Article The reconfiguration of hospital services in England Jo Maybin says ministers face a struggle to win over sceptics about NHS reform. Report How Should we Deal with Hospital Failure? Facing the challenges of the new NHS market Financial instability is just one reason for failure in the NHS. This paper explores how failure can be prevented or managed, while protecting the quality of patient care and restoring viability. Report The War on Waiting for Hospital Treatment: What has Labour achieved and what challenges remain? This report assesses the policy initiatives the government has taken to address waiting list numbers and waiting times, and explores what should be done next. Article Impact of choice on hospital viability John Appleby looks at the impact of patient choice on the future viability of some hospitals. Completed project Predicting and reducing re-admission to hospital Between 2005 and 2007, The King's Fund was commissioned to produce software tools and models to identify individuals at high risk of re-admission to hospital. Report NHS Walk-in Centres in London Assesses the success of London's nurse-led walk-in centres, where patients can access instant primary care. 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.