Opportunities ahead but are you ready?

Emergency care faces the busiest time of the year with winter just two months away, so preparation is key.

After a promising start to summer and a wet August, we are marching towards winter. Are you ready for it?

In April, NHS England published its urgent and emergency care delivery plan, which said that by October every hospital should ensure that, with comprehensive ‘front-door streaming’, only the most unwell should reach the emergency department (ED).

There are also plans to have more online 111 services and to ensure more timely hand-offs between ED and acute physicians to support patient flow. There will be ambulatory emergency care (AEC) and acute frailty units, as well as urgent care treatment centres, leaving only emergency care to be delivered in the ED.

You will already be embroiled with these plans in your own hospitals, but what will they mean for emergency care nurses? How will nurses develop the necessary


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