The Academy of Medical Royal Colleges is, for the first time, issuing guidance to clinicians and hospital managers about the best way to cope with the additional pressure on the healthcare system caused by the colder weather.
Based on the real-life examples of how some hospitals cope with winter pressures, the ten point plan provides practical remedies to help with the increase in admissions that always happen at this time of year.
Professor Carrie MacEwen, Chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges said,
The quality of care patients receive must always be our first concern. All the signs are there that it is going to be a tough winter for everyone, that’s patients as well as hospital staff, not just doctors. With the health and social care system already under-resourced we must do all what we can to help. Many of our members have produced practical guidance, this, along with our work that has been produced by NHS Improvement and the Care Quality Commission is brought together in this guidance.’