Winter Flow Project 2020/21

Weekly Reports
(By publication date)

18 December 2020
(covering 7-13 Dec 2020)
8 January 2021
(covering 28 Dec 2020 - 3 Jan 2021)
15 January 2021
(covering 4-10 Jan 2021)
22 January 2021
(covering 11-17 Jan)
29 January 2021
(covering 18-24 Jan)
5 February 2021
(covering 25-31 Jan)
15 February 2021
(covering 1-7 Feb)
19 February 2021
(covering 8-14 Feb)
26 February 2021
(covering 15-21 Feb)
5 March 2021
(covering 22-28 Feb)
12 March 2021
(covering 1-7 March)
19 March 2021
(covering 8-14 March)
26 March 2021
(covering 15-21 March)
1 April 2021
(covering 22-28 March)
12 April 2021
(covering 29 March - 4 April )

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

This year’s project is collecting the following data points on a weekly basis from over 35 trusts & boards:

a) The number of acute beds in service
b) The number of patients spending more than 12 hours in an ED from arrival to departure
c) The number of patients for whom hospitalisation in an acute trust is no longer medically required
d) The number of unplanned attendances at EDs each week
e) The number of staff shielding or off-sick each week
f) The number of patients requiring isolation at triage at EDs each week

The project began in October 2020 and will run until the end of March 2021. All information submitted is anonymised and aggregated to provide a system wide picture which avoids unhelpful scrutiny of individual sites. Moreover, the data is only discussed in aggregate form.

For queries or further information about the project please contact theo.chiles@rcem.ac.uk

Beds (percentage change from week 1)

12-hour waits as a percentage of unplanned attendances

Performance against the four-hour standard

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

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