Winter Flow Project 2019/20

 Weekly reports and figures

03 April 2020 
27 March 2020 
 20 March 2020
 13 March 2020
06 March 2020 
28 February 2020 
21 February 2020
14 February 2020
07 February 2020
31 January 2020
24 January 2020 
17 January 2020 
10 January 2020 
20 December 2019 
 13 December 2019
 06 December 2019

Our Winter Flow Project looks at a sample of trusts and boards throughout the UK to see how they are performing and what difficulties they are facing each week across the winter period.

In politically challenging times, the project has a vital role to play in informing the wider debate around emergency medicine and focusing attention in the media and in Governments in each of the UK nations on the practical challenges faced by Providers as they make every effort provide excellent care for patients. In our view, the project has also been instrumental in making the case for additional resources for the health sector; which is now reflected in the new settlement for the NHS as announced by the Government. Given the success of the project in highlighting these issues, the College has decided to continue the project for 2019-20.

This year’s project will collect the following data points on a weekly basis from over 50 trusts and boards:

a) Type one four-hour standard performance
b) The number of acute beds in service
c) The number of patients spending more than 12 hours in an Emergency Department from arrival to departure
d) The number of patients for whom hospitalisation in an acute trust is no longer medically required
e) The number of unplanned attendances at Emergency Department(s) each week.

The project will run from the beginning of October 2019 until the end of March 2020. All the information submitted will be anonymised and aggregated to provide a system wide picture while avoiding unhelpful scrutiny of individual sites. Moreover, the data will only be discussed in aggregate form. 

For further information about the project please contact Details of previous years' projects can be found below.

Please note: due to the spread of COVID-19, the trusts submitting data to the Winter Flow project are liable to come under increasing pressure in the coming weeks, and so data submitted to the College is likely to be delayed or otherwise affected by the related rise in demand. Consequently, while we will continue to update the graphs and figures, we will not be commenting on them for the remainder of the project (starting 11 March 2020).