NHS Virtual Wards South Conference 2023

Patient Flow & Pathways

08:00 am
02 Nov, 2023
15 Hatfields Conference Centre, London SE1 8DJ

NHS Virtual Wards South Conference 2023

Patient Flow & Pathways

08:00 am
02 Nov, 2023
15 Hatfields Conference Centre, London SE1 8DJ

Virtual wards allow patients to get the care they need at home safely and conveniently, rather than being in hospital. NHS England and Improvement

Virtual wards have been set up and used in the UK for some time now, but the recent Covid-19 pandemic significantly accelerated the awareness and use of virtual wards across the UK. New research and pilots have been launched and our upcoming conference aims to showcase key findings and insights since their conception.

Throughout the recent pandemic, virtual wards were used in a number of ways to help to manage demand, and ultimately keep both NHS staff and patients safe from potential infection. Providing care in appropriate places, reducing infection transmission, and shortening the length of hospitals stay is just a few examples of how virtual wards helped to underpin the fight against covid-19.

Our upcoming conference will provide a timely platform for NHS managers and leaders to meet virtually and share key insights, while listening to an expert panel of guest speakers from across NHS and industry.

Convenzis events are highly regarded for their ability to drive strategic level change and transformation within the healthcare industry. Our events bring together senior healthcare leaders and decision-makers from across the NHS and wider healthcare sector, with the aim of identifying and implementing innovative approaches to address the most pressing challenges facing the industry today.

Headline Sponsor

Key Subjects

Events topics and take aways:

  • Virtual Wards: Story so far and future forecasts
  • Sharing best practice: Learning from the leaders
  • Workforce perspective: Feedback from staff and patients
  • Accessibility: A focus on inequality and patient engagement

Who will Attend

•    Chief Executives
•    Chief Information Officers
•    Chief Medical Officers
•    Chief Operating Officers
•    Chief Technology Officers
•    Clinical Directors/Heads/Managers/Leads
•    Commissioning Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Deputy Directors
•    Digital Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Digital Inclusion Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Digital Strategy Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Directors of Delivery
•    Directors of Nursing
•    Directors of Performance and Improvement
•    General Managers
•    Governance Directors/Heads/Managers
•    GP Commissioners
•    GPs
•    Informatics Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Information Assurance Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Information Management Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Innovation Directors/Heads/Managers
•    IT Directors/Heads/Managers
•    IT Security Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Medical Directors
•    Operations Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Performance Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Policy Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Practice Managers
•    Programme/Project Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Public Health Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Service Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Strategic Planning Directors/Heads/Managers
•    Transformation Directors/Heads/Managers

Sponsors & Partners

The programme


Registration, Networking & Breakfast

Registration, Networking and Breakfast


Chairs Opening Address

Mrs Sara Fenner
Head of Facilitated Discharge and Urgent Care
Sutton Health and Care

Chairs Opening Address


Keynote Presentation - Creating the opportunity to develop integrated place based Virtual Wards (Confirmed)

Adam Fitzgerald
Head of Nursing, Integrated Local Services
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Collaborative ICS (place based) challenges and how we've overcome this to create the opportunity to develop a coordinated approach to caring for more patients outside of hospital in an environment familiar to them such as their own home​.


Panel Discussion - Role and impact of virtual wards in freeing up capacity in healthcare

Francesca Markland
Senior Programme Manager, Remote Monitoring & Virtual Wards
NHSE London Region Digital Transformation Team
Jen Tomkinson
Associate Director NHS@home
Sirona care & health
Adam Fitzgerald
Head of Nursing, Integrated Local Services
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
Aimee Venner
Therapy lead for GSTT @home.
Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Within this panel discussion our panel of experts will be discussing:

  1. Definition and Purpose of virtual wards in healthcare.
  2. Implementation challenges and considerations.
  3. Patient populations suitable for virtual wards and remote monitoring.
  4. Outcomes and efficacy compared to traditional care models.
  5. Future prospects and integration of virtual wards in healthcare systems


Jen Tomkinson, Head of Specialist Services, Sirona (Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire ICS) (Confirmed)

Francesca Markland, Senior Programme Manager, Remote Monitoring & Virtual Wards, NHSE London Region Digital Transformation Team (Confirmed)

Adam Fitzgerald, Head of Nursing, Integrated Local Services, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (Confirmed)

Aimee Venner,  therapy lead for GSTT @home, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust (Confirmed)


Headline Sponsor - The Internet of Things: Making Acute Virtual Wards a Reality

Martin Taylor
Deputy CEO
Content Guru

The healthcare sphere is at a critical junction. As the NHS grapples with increased demand, reduced budgets, and capacity challenges, technology emerges as a key enabler in both pandemic recovery and ushering in a new era of healthcare efficiency and productivity.

Hospital overcrowding remains a significant issue, hindering patient experiences and outcomes. Leveraging IOT devices is key to extending care beyond hospital walls. Acute Virtual Wards, powered by continuous monitoring devices and a central ‘Command Centre’, facilitate real-time patient tracking, data analysis, and timely intervention. The fusion of technology, bolstered by virtual concepts such as virtual waiting rooms and remote consultations, ensures patient safety whilst empowering healthcare professionals to manage increasing populations more effectively.

Join Martin Taylor, Deputy CEO of Content Guru, to discover the key to strategically implemented IOT into Integrated Care Systems, delivering more streamlined patient experiences and driving savings through efficiency gains.


Q&A Panel

Q&A Panel


Morning Break, Networking & Refreshments

Morning Break, Networking & Refreshments


Chairs Morning Reflection

Mrs Sara Fenner
Head of Facilitated Discharge and Urgent Care
Sutton Health and Care

Chairs Morning Reflection


BNSSG - Doccla Case Study | Virtual Wards: Flying the plane whilst building it

Jen Tomkinson
Associate Director NHS@home
Sirona care & health

Virtual wards enabled by technology are developing across the country building upon existing models of clinical care. The opportunities for improved outcomes and experience for patients are large with impact on system pressure considered a priority particularly with winter coming. Building onto existing complex healthcare services is however challenging and this case study will reflect on learning through the development of a collaborative integrated model in Bristol, North Somerset & South Gloucestershire through service improvement, workforce development and user design.


Case Study - Risk sharing Innovation Fund to support Winter Flu Pressures

Ian Yeeles
Head of Transformation
PMD Solutions

Case Study - PMD Solutions

PMD Solutions have innovation funding of <£250k per healthcare system to implement a partnership-based pathway to reduce respiratory admissions this winter. PMD are category creators of wearable and wearable respiratory rate monitoring. Called RespiraSense, it’s the worlds’ first CE/FDA accredited for motion-tolerant trend monitoring, enabling Hospital teams and virtual wards to monitor patients with conditions such as COPD, asthma, pneumonia, flu, sepsis and heart failure, enabling intervention to be triggered upto 12 hours earlier than pulse oximetry alerts. Healthcare systems across England saw respiratory admissions increase by 80% from August – January last year, an equivalent to 500 admissions per system, accounting for 15 Hospital beds. Proven at scale in all Hospitals across Ireland, RespiraSense reduces readmissions by 50% and average hospital length of stay by 1 day. It will enable teams to avoid at least 250 re-admissions freeing-up 7-15 beds per ward.


Presentation - Virtual wards and benefits realisation, are we looking wide enough? (Confirmed)

Ben Jeeves
Associate Chief Clinical Information Officer, AHP professional Lead, Advanced Practice Physiotherapist
Midlands partnership NHS University Foundation Trust

Our current pressures often mean that we have to rapidly move to the next project, or system deployment, so does this result in us doing enough benefits realisation to really influence our future work? An exploration of benefits realisation, structuring this approach, with a specific focus on the carbon footprint.


Case Study - HomeLink Healthcare

Case Study - HomeLink Healthcare


Q&A Panel

Q&A Panel


Lunch, Networking & Refreshments

Lunch, Networking & Refreshments


Chairs Afternoon Address

Mrs Sara Fenner
Head of Facilitated Discharge and Urgent Care
Sutton Health and Care

Chairs Afternoon Address


Access HSC Panel Debate

Jardine Barrington Cook
Director of Integrated Care
The Access Group
Professor Lionel Tarassenko CBE FREng FMedSci
Professor of Engineering Science / President
Reuben College


  • Jardine Barrington-Cook, Head of Interoperability and Data, Access HSC
  • Umesh Gadhvi, CDIO at North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Professor Lionel Tarassenko, Professor of Electrical Engineering at University of Oxford


Presentation - Innovating Healthcare: The Transformative Role of Virtual Wards in the NHS (Confirmed)

Hadleigh Stollar
Healthcare Innovation Consortium

Innovating Healthcare: The Transformative Role of Virtual Wards in the NHS

Join us for a captivating session exploring how innovation is reshaping healthcare delivery through NHS virtual wards. In an ever-evolving healthcare landscape, virtual wards have emerged as a groundbreaking solution. This session will delve into the transformative power of virtual wards, showcasing real-world examples and success stories. We will discuss the benefits they offer, including enhanced patient care, reduced hospitalization rates, and improved resource allocation. Discover how innovation is not just changing the way healthcare is delivered but also improving the lives of patients and healthcare professionals in the NHS.


Case Study - Virtual care in the Canadian community and an innovative UK digital ICU recovery pathway

Professor Louise Rose, MBE, RN, PhD
Professor of Critical Care Nursing and Research Division Head / Honorary Professor in Critical Care and the Lane Fox Respiratory Unit
King’s College London / St Thomas’ Hospital in London
Michel Paquet
CEO and Founder

Case Study - Aetonix

The successful deployment and use of Remote Patient Management in Canadian Home Care and how an ICU Recovery Care pathway helps UK patients to recover at home.


Presentation - The Challenges of Virtual Wards in an ICS with multiple providers (Confirmed)

Emil Pohl
Transformation Project Lead
Whittington Health

A discussion on the specific challenges in the design and expansion of Virtual Wards in an Integrated Care Service with multiple providers focusing on four different access:

  • The approach to providers at different levels of maturity.
  • Effective Governance Structures and provider engagement
  • Procurement of Remote Monitoring Solutions

Measuring Acuity of patients in a fair and consistent way across providers.


Q&A Panel

Q&A Panel


Drinks Reception, Networking and End of Day

Drinks Reception, Networking and End of Day


Your Pass Includes....

Your Pass Includes:

  • Access to all live keynote presentations and discussion sessions
  • Live and interactive best practice sharing
  • Meet the supplier opportunities
  • Take away content material
  • Interactive activities: Polls
  • Prize draws

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