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Westminster Forum: Priorities for improving urgent and emergency care services in England


Event details

This conference focuses on priorities for improving urgent and emergency care services in England.

It will be an opportunity to examine progress and next steps for:

  • the Delivery plan for recovering urgent and emergency care services - published by NHS England in January 2023
  • the Re-envisioning urgent and emergency care report - published by the NHS Confederation in December 2022.

Stakeholders and policymakers will assess key priorities, including implementation and investment of the delivery plan, and the way forward for reducing waiting times and improving patient outcomes.

Further sessions look at issues surrounding the workforce and service capacity, speeding up patient discharge, next steps for the same day emergency care policy, and the future outlook for virtual wards.

Includes keynote sessions with: Ashley McDougall, Director, Health Value for Money, National Audit Office; Dr Adrian Boyle, President, Royal College of Emergency Medicine; and a pre-recorded contribution from Miriam Deakin, Director of Policy, NHS Providers.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • the delivery plan: progress, trends and challenges in delivering sustainable recovery of urgent and emergency care in England - priorities for improving accessibility
  • workforce: what will be needed to deliver aims of the NHS Long Term Workforce Plan for emergency care strategies for growing the emergency care workforce, as well as training, professional development and retention priorities for supporting staff and addressing challenges for the workforce that are specific to emergency care
  • waiting times: enabling same day emergency care targets to be met - latest thinking and best practice in effective hospital design, and developing capacity and flow - priorities for funding
  • hospital bed occupancy: addressing issues with speeding up patient discharge - the role of social care and options for expanding care in the community - progress in delivery of virtual wards
  • capacity and accessibility: the role of Integrated Care Systems in developing effective pathways for improving capacity - involvement of the independent sector
  • quality: next steps for driving up standards - enabling long-term sustainable system recovery - priorities for aligning needs in emergency care with wider policy developments and initiatives


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