It’s no secret that hospital resources are being squeezed. Faced with dilemmas such as COVID-19 and falling rates of average healthcare spending and a rapidly ageing population, the NHS has plenty of issues to address. Earlier this year, the British Medical Association (BMA) even warned that the situation had worsened to the extent that four in five hospitals rely on emergency surgical beds for routine patients to cope with demand.

In response, the NHS is looking to take more care away from hospitals. Not only does this alleviate the burden on hospitals, but also taking aspects of healthcare provision away from the hospital can give patients urgent care when and where it’s needed the most. It’s no surprise then that the government sees non-hospital care as a vital part of the NHS’ future.