Hot Topics · Feb 04, 2019
NHS Hot Topics: NHS Winter Pressures
The winter pressures on the NHS and how the NHS is coping with the increased demand is a favourite question and very topical this time of year that might come up at your medical school interview. Whether your interview is a panel or an MMI circuit, questions regarding the NHS and the challenges it faces, are often asked during interviews.
All candidates who reach the interview stage are bright and competent, with competitive grades and stellar personal statements, but this is the stage, at which knowledge on important topics, such as the state and structure of the country’s health service can be gauged. Furthermore, the course is designed in such a way, that medical students are likely to have early exposure to the NHS and social care services, which is why you are expected to have some basic understanding of its operations even at this stage.
To do well if such a question comes up, you want to show that you have read up on the subject prior to your interview and that you are able to clearly structure your answer, in order to provide a comprehensive picture of the problem.
For further help tackling NHS hot topic questions, be sure to check out our NHS Hot Topics Online Course, which has an interview question bank on NHS-related topics that could come up at an interview, thoroughly explained by our experts for your interview preparation.
Reasons for the NHS winter pressures
Impact of winter pressures on the NHS
Possible solutions to the NHS winter pressures
The winter pressures are often seen in the form of frail elderly patients visiting hospital and A&E with fractures they have gotten from having slipped on ice. For these groups of patients, investing in occupational health and social care services, who can examine those patients and decide that providing them with walking aids or discussing introducing a carer in their home might reduce the incidence of such falls, and subsequently improve both their quality of life and alleviate the strain on the NHS.
Lastly, you can also mention the NHS new mental health 111 service, which tackles the problem of over-admission of patients with mental health problems and is said to have reduced A&E visits by a third.
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We hope that this was a helpful overview of the NHS winter pressures issue and you feel more confident tackling it if it comes up as a question. Don't hesitate to send us any questions or comments by email at hello@theMSAG.com. Good luck in your interview!
Miss Giulia Bankov
Giulia is a graduate medical student at the University of Glasgow. She previously studied Neuroscience at King's College London and completed her Cognitive Neurobiology and Clinical Neurophysiology at the University of Amsterdam
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