On 31 July, further guidance was issued to local National Health Service providers and commissioners on outlining the next phase of the NHS response to COVID-19 and concurrent non-COVID activity. The focus is on accelerating the return of non-COVID health services to near-normal levels, including making full use of available capacity between now and winter, whilst also preparing for winter demand pressures. This will be done alongside continued vigilance in light of any further COVID-19 spikes locally and possibly nationally.
Providers, working as local systems, were asked to submit draft plans for how they intend to intend to meet the key actions in the guidance by 1 September, with final plans due by 21 September. The guidance is available at the following link: