We've written to the sector outlining a suite of measures to help improve A&E performance. These include:
- working with trusts to support the development of longer term solutions through the STP planning process and the Urgent and Emergency Care Review
- bolstering our clinically-lead Emergency Care Improvement Programme by expanding it from working with 28 to 40 of the most challenged health systems
- our regional teams will also work with providers to adapt national initiatives to meet local circumstances
What is the A&E performance standard?
The NHS constitution sets out that a minimum of 95% of patients attending an A&E department must be seen, treated and admitted or discharged in under four hours.
"A&E performance is a good indicator of how well a hospital is doing more generally. So improving emergency departments is a key priority for NHS Improvement this year and we’re going to help providers throw everything at it.
"But it is not enough just to concentrate on the Emergency Departments of hospitals. We are working with our health partners to give patients appropriate and immediate access to the most appropriate services without necessarily having to go to A&E in the first place.
"We want to see the sector take back control
and make sure patients can continue to have confidence in their local
A&E services, even during a potentially challenging winter."