£700 million to support NHS this winter

  • £700 million targeted investment for 785 schemes across 187 hospital trusts to increase capacity and tackle waiting lists
  • Government sets out plan to addresses NHS and social care challenges this winter including responding to high demand alongside COVID-19
  • Public advised to play their part by getting COVID-19 and flu jabs, and contacting 111 for urgent medical advice

Hospitals across the country will benefit from a share of £700 million to expand wards, install modular operating theatres, upgrade outpatient spaces and MRI and screening technology, to help reduce waiting lists.

The funding, to be split across all regions in England, will help reduce waiting times for patients by expanding the number of operating theatres and beds, including new day surgery units to prevent people staying overnight and investment in technology to improve their experiences of care and help them manage their conditions.

Alongside this, the government is today publishing a document setting out the key challenges facing NHS and social care services this winter, including COVID-19 and the potential threat of variants, preparations being undertaken to keep people safe and healthy, as well as the actions the public can take.

It comes after the COVID-19 booster programme was extended to all adults in England – with everyone aged over 18 to be offered a booster by the end of January – to help protect against the Omicron variant.

Today’s investment is part of the £5.4 billion already announced to support the NHS response to the pandemic in the second half of the year. In total, the government is investing over £34 billion of additional funding in health and social care services this year.

The pandemic put unprecedented pressure on the NHS. To fix this, the NHS needs to be able to offer more appointments, operations and treatments. New, innovative practices must be adopted so patients continue to receive the best possible care.

The allocations for the £700 million announced today include £330 million for upgrading NHS facilities, £250 million for new technology and £120 million for any supporting revenue costs.

Secretary of State for Health and Social Care Sajid Javid said:

Ahead of what is going to be a difficult winter, we’re putting everything behind our health and care services, so everyone can access the services they need, when they need them.

Our £700 million investment will help more people get treated over the coming months by upgrading wards, operating theatres, and diagnostic kit.

We’re taking unprecedented steps to keep people healthy this winter, putting the booster roll-out on steroids, and delivering the largest flu vaccine programme in UK history.

We can all play our part in the national mission – when you get the call, please get the jab.

The funding will cover the costs of:

  • additional day surgery units to boost activity and avoid patients having to stay overnight or longer
  • additional permanent and modular theatres and surgical hubs in multiple trusts to drive up the number of operations which can be carried out
  • expanding outpatient space for those not staying overnight, to increase the numbers of patients that can be seen
  • upgraded or new imaging equipment, including MRI and mobile breast screening units

In total, 785 schemes have been approved, including the following major projects:

  • £13.8 million for new wards at University Hospitals Birmingham, delivering an expected 164 additional adult inpatient beds across the trust
  • £14.4 million at St George’s Hospitals to deliver a new modular facility providing 20 intensive treatment unit beds
  • £10.2 million to develop a new South Mersey Elective Hub, with 2 new theatres and recovery areas
  • £10 million for a day surgery site in Castle Hill Hospital in Hull, which will house 4 theatres, as well as all supporting services
  • £7.1 million to build a modular ward at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital with 32 beds
  • £5.9 million at Bedford Hospital to create 20 flexible multi-purpose outpatient rooms

Prof Stephen Powis, NHS National Medical Director, said:

NHS staff have pulled out all the stops since the beginning of the pandemic treating more than half a million covid patients, while continuing to perform millions of checks, tests and treatments for non-covid reasons.

There is no doubt that this winter is going to be tough with staff contending with the highest ever number of 999 calls in October and it remains as important as ever that people do not delay seeking help from the NHS if they feel unwell.

So anyone needing help should come forward through NHS 111 online so that staff can help you with the best option for your care, and the NHS is accelerating our COVID booster campaign so please accept your invite when asked, as well taking up the offer of a flu jab to protect you this winter.

While the NHS and Department of Health and Social Care set out its operational guidance to health and social care services in the months preceding winter, today’s publication aims to set out clearly to the public what preparation has been done, what they can do themselves, and what they expect from health and care services this year.

Most importantly, eligible members of the public are urged to get their COVID-19 and flu jabs. This includes booster jabs when called upon, as the programme expands to everyone over 18 with second jabs for 12 to 15 year olds.

The NHS remains open, but anyone in need of urgent care should use the free 24/7 NHS 111 online and phone service to get urgent advice, and A&Es are open and ready to help those with emergency and life-threatening conditions. There are also 24/7 urgent mental health helplines across every mental health trust in England for anyone experiencing or supporting someone through a mental health crisis.

To prepare for this winter, the NHS and national and local government has undertaken a range of actions, which include:

  • working to recruit 18,000 more staff, including nurses, healthcare support workers, medical support workers, alongside making use of temporary staffing and staff banks
  • supporting the workforce with access to health and wellbeing support and mental health hubs, which have helped 30,000 people so far
  • keeping the nation protected against the virus, especially against the new Omicron variant, through vaccination with over 15.5 million boosters delivered in England and the biggest flu vaccination programme in UK history
  • secured new COVID-19 antiviral and therapeutic treatments to help save more lives including Ronapreve, Lagevrio and Paxlovid, in addition to tocilizumab and dexamethasone
  • continuing to provide free lateral flow testing alongside contact tracing, regular asymptomatic testing and the use of self-isolation and quarantine
  • bolstering capacity across urgent and emergency care and the wider NHS, including with a £250 million investment in general practice and the forthcoming Elective Recovery Plan
  • publishing an adult social care winter plan including £388 million to support infection prevention control and £162.5 million for workforce recruitment and retention
  • investing £478 million for support services, rehabilitation and reablement care following discharge from hospital, and ensuring health and social care services are joined up

From April 2022, thanks to the new Health and Social Care Levy, UK-wide healthcare funding will rise by a record £36 billion over the next 3 years. The new funding includes a commitment to ring-fence an additional £8 billion to fund waiting list recovery – the biggest catch-up programme in NHS history.

The levy funding is on top of the government’s previous historic long-term settlement for the NHS, which will see NHS funding increase by £33.9 billion to a total of £148.5 billion by 2023 to 2024, which has been enshrined in law.

Background information

The full document, called ‘The health and social care approach to winter’ will be published on GOV.UK today.

As part of this the £700 million has been allocated equally across the country, weighted by population size and each region will receive:

  • £112 million for the North East and Yorkshire
  • £97 million for the North West
  • £131 million for the Midlands
  • £78 million for the East of England
  • £105 million for the South East
  • £69 million for the South West
  • £109 million for London

Approved Targeted Investment Fund bids by provider


NHS organisationNumber of approved bidsCapital funding (£k)Digital funding (£k)Revenue funding (£k)
Black Country & West Birmingham ICS704951,036
Black Country and West Birmingham CCG10600
Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust52,441482332
Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust1050
Derby and Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group10500444
Derbyshire Community Health Services100231
Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust401,120249
George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust41,097043
Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG10770394
Kettering General Hospital52008,920507
Leicester Partnership Trust (LPT)202,514150
Lincolnshire ICS Partnership101,0000
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICS101,0040
NHS Herefordshire and Worcestershire CCG1025075
NHS Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent CCGs100681
Northampton Clinical Commissioning Group20800520
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust3098672
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust51,4584001,087
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust on behalf of all Nottinghamshire Trusts101,2000
Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust51,0800950
Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust51,8180929
Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust81,0291541,472
Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust47,0981,6401,550
Shropshire Community Health Care Trust (SCHT)105520
South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust41,84000
The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust21,59500
The Royal Orthopeadic Hospital NHS Foundation Trust103170
University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust107500
University Hospitals of Leicester92,0730148
United Lincolnshire Hospitals Trust58,2253,114288
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB)813,9012,60913,351
University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust493204,749
University Hospitals Derby and Burton41,530180555
University Hospitals of Leicester1030050
University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust131,7853251,730
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust1620200
West Leicestershire CCG1023380
Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust11,2000127
Wye Valley NHS Trust3200576

South West

NHS organisationNumber of approved bidsCapital funding (£k)Digital funding (£k)Revenue funding (£k)
NHS Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire CCG40433928
Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly Health and Care Partnership10220
Dorset HealthCare NHS Foundation Trust122130
Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust51,4991,950355
Gloucestershire ICS2375060
Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust113,4982,975148
Great Western Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust30600742
North Bristol NHS Trust32,8001,201101
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust11,7180220
Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust129451,3183,491
Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Foundation Trust53,5653,58923
Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust43,8811,2982,066
Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust2097215
Somerset NHS Foundation Trust23902,6000
Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust1001,000
University Hospitals Bristol and Weston NHS Foundation Trust3218286491
University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trust72,0632,297565
University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust81,2751,3723,273
Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust26,23400

South East

NHS organisationNumber of approved bidsCapital funding (£k)Digital funding (£k)Revenue funding (£k)
Whole region working collectively205,8612,370
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust215076330
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust73,1759882,265
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust /CCG103500
Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust94,300110864
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust51,4520247
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust113,3857071,300
Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust114,08301,643
Frimley ICS402,0700
Hampshire Hospitals Foundation Trust59001,335751
Isle of Wight Trust6188402128
Kent and Medway CCG10029
Medway NHS Foundation Trust91,57120817
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust62,1421,2150
Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust, and Medway NHS Foundation Trust103000
Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust54,1152,6002,078
Portsmouth Hospitals University Trust61,0001,030798
Queen Victoria Hospital22,28070100
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust201,2131,7112,237
Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust4780265240
Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust5959580
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust4321,292617
Sussex Health & Care Partnership601,6101,631
Surrey Heartlands ICS10175685
Solent NHS trust505650
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust205200
Kent and Medway ICS1107,6514,460
University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust64,6404194,024
University Hospital Southampton Foundation Trust102,0601,980679
GPs with an Extended Role across the region112000

East of England

NHS organisationNumber of approved bidsCapital funding (£k)Digital funding (£k)Revenue funding (£k)
Bedfordshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust55,9212,5500
Cambridge and Peterborough Foundation Trust305,2520
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust190000
East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust44,9001,9800
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust110000
East Suffolk & North Essex Foundation Trust55,3001,200406
Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust134,7286,1012,000
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust63,0001,9200
North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust39323,46387
Princess Alexandra Hospital35002,8700
The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, King’s Lynn, NHS Foundation Trust35,0000348
James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust32,2003300
Royal Papworth Hospital201000
West Hertfordshire Hospital NHS Trust13,55000
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust23,10000


NHS organisationNumber of approved bidsCapital funding (£k)Digital funding (£k)Revenue funding (£k)
Acute hospitals across the region45,0006,0000
Barts Health NHS Trust55,65502,200
Barts Health NHS Trust / Homerton University Hospital104080
Barking, Havering and Redbridge Hospitals37,5015031,650
Camden and Islington NHS FT403250
North East London ICS502,3900
South West London ICS301,1260
Chelsea and Westminster NHS Foundation Trust / Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust105000
Epsom and St Helier NHS Trust101500
Great Ormond Street Hospital21,65300
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust57,4008890
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (as host for South East London system wide)24002290
Homerton University Hospital / North East London ICS10300
King’s College Hospital210,80000
Kingston Hospital Foundation Trust210,5001,0560
Lewisham and Greenwich101,0000
Lewisham and Greenwich, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, Oxleas107650
Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust162500
North Central London CCG57803,2853,872
North Middlesex University Hospital21,1500569
North West London ICS103,2000
Primary Care in London region2001,970
The Royal Free71,3415,696665
Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust255020048
St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust214,4001,9330
South West London HCP405,3390
University College London Hospitals NHS Trust459301,792
Whittington Health Trust21,0060197

North West

NHS organisationNumber of approved bidsCapital funding (£k)Digital funding (£k)Revenue funding (£k)
Alder Hey Children’s Hospital3198565685
Bolton Foundation Trust503,450205
Christie Hospital32,010237300
Countess Of Chester Hospital21100695
East Cheshire NHS Trust37585341
East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust501,6971,510
Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital20225750
Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust103000
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust97,9206093,435
Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust6882,1752,835
Liverpool Women’s NHS Foundation Trust15000
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust602,4863,726
Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust100685
Northern Care Alliance NHS Group81,6201,4005,524
Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust102500
Southport & Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust11,080074
St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospital41,9402,3761,912
Stockport NHS Foundation Trust63,7401,850250
System (Clatterbridge Cancer Centre)103000
System (Merseycare)302,6970
System (St Helens and Knowsley)105200
System (Wirral University Hospital)101,3550
Tameside and Glossop CCG51,7506001,487
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay68711,485320
Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust26160173
Warrington And Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust4143260945
Wirral University Hospital310,1669002,152
Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust61,992605438

North East and Yorkshire

NHS organisationNumber of approved bidsCapital funding (£k)Digital funding (£k)Revenue funding (£k)
Airedale NHS Foundation Trust81,8533500
South Yorkshire Trusts103700
Barnsley NHS Foundation Trust117211,1550
Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust71,2425,1640
Calderdale & Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust263,7241,8790
County Durham & Darlington NHS Trust23,5482,0520
Doncaster & Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust113,7921,3720
NHS Gateshead22,5252500
Hull University Teaching Hospitals19,7003000
Humber, Coast and Vale ICS403,7320
North East and North Cumbria ICS106000
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust146,1502,0500
Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust (on behalf of the region)100358
Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust203,9062,5000
Newcastle Foundation Trust102,4500
NHS Sheffield CCG4502530
North Cumbria Integrated Care Trust83948601,277
North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust161,7586051,627
Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Foundation Trust NHS Trust15111000
Northumbria Healthcare33,4801,6550
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust61,1415160
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust204,9001,1280
South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust34,1032,122487
South Tyneside and Sunderland Foundation Trust43,6001,300700
The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust51,700240184
York & Scarborough Teaching hospitals34,5965570

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