The NHS continues to experience significant levels of pressure. The continued impact of managing COVID-19, plus the recovery of services and relative return to usual activity levels has led to a challenging summer; especially in the context of constrained capacity due to COVID-19 related infection prevention and control (IPC) and workforce issues.
Resilience over this difficult winter can only be achieved through taking a system led approach and I would ask that plans are created and delivered in a collaborative manner, leveraging the strengths of each individual Integrated Care System as well as our partners across the health and social care system.
It is important the public know what they need to do to keep well and advice on how to keep well and where to get expert advice will be given throughout the winter and can be found on the stay well this winter website.
Winter preparedness 2021/22
NHS England and NHS Improvement have circulated a letter to all ICS chief executives; Trust chief executives; CCG accountable officers; Directors of adult social services; Regional directors and ICS/STP chairs regarding planning for winter 2021/22.