The NHS Virtual Wards Conference South

08:00 am
02 Mar, 2023
15 Hatfields Conference Centre, London

The NHS Virtual Wards Conference South

08:00 am
02 Mar, 2023
15 Hatfields Conference Centre, London

The NHS Virtual Wards Conference South

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.

The NHS Virtual Wards Conference South 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

Your Pass Includes....

Your Pass Includes:

  • Multiple live keynote presentations
  • Live examples of both NHS and Commercial best practice
  • Breakfast, Lunch and Refreshments included 
  • Meet the supplier sessions.
  • Networking opportunity
  • Live Q&A sessions with all speakers on the day
  • Drinks receptions (subject to event)
  • CPD accreditation
  • Prize draws

Speakers

Denisse Gatmaytan

Diabetes Specialist Nurse - virtual lead

Dr Baribefe Olufemi Vite

Doctor

Emily Jarvis

Senior Sister

Hannah Chapman

Nurse Operational and Clinical Lead

Laura Harper

Directorate Manager Adult Community & Primary Care Services (Operational Lead for Virtual Wards)

Myles Murray (Mr.)

Founder

Sponsors & Partners

The Agenda

08:00

Registration

Registration

09:00

Chair Opening Address

James Davis
Founder, CEO
Inicio Health

Chair Opening Address

09:05

A national update on virtual wards and where they are now

Stephanie Sommerville
Director, Community Health Services Transformation and Virtual Wards
NHS England

Virtual wards: Story so far and national updates

 

09:25

Virtual wards in action panel debate

Stephanie Sommerville
Director, Community Health Services Transformation and Virtual Wards
NHS England
Dr Gurnak Singh Dosanjh
GP and ICB Clinical Lead for Home First
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICB
Laura Harper
Directorate Manager Adult Community & Primary Care Services (Operational Lead for Virtual Wards)
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Emily Jarvis
Senior Sister
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust
Grant Oliver
Remote Monitoring Programme Manager
Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
Denisse Gatmaytan
Diabetes Specialist Nurse - virtual lead
Northwick Park Hospital - London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

This panel discussion will explore the benefits, challenges, and future of virtual wards in the NHS. The panellists will share their experiences and insights on virtual ward models and their impact on patient care, healthcare providers, and the NHS as a whole.

 Panel Discussion Topics:

  1. Understanding Virtual Wards: What are virtual wards, and how do they operate within the NHS healthcare system?
  2. The Benefits of Virtual Wards: What are the potential advantages of using virtual wards in the NHS, and how do they differ from traditional care models?
  3. Challenges of Implementing Virtual Wards: What are the key challenges of implementing virtual wards in the NHS, and how can these be addressed?
  4. The Impact on Patient Care: How does the virtual ward model impact patient care, including patient outcomes and experiences?
  5. The Role of Healthcare Providers: What is the role of healthcare providers in delivering virtual care, and how does this differ from traditional care models?
  6. The Future of Virtual Wards in the NHS: What does the future hold for virtual wards in the NHS, and how can they be further integrated into the healthcare system to benefit patients and healthcare providers alike?

 

Facilitator - Stephanie Sommerville, Director, Community Health Services Transformation and Virtual Wards, NHS England

  • Dr Gurnak Singh Dosanjh, GP and ICB Clinical Lead for Home First, Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICB
  • Laura Harper, Directorate Manager Adult Community & Primary Care Services (Operational Lead for Virtual Wards), The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • Emily Jarvis, Senior Sister, The Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust
  • Grant Oliver, Remote Monitoring Programme Manager, Northampton General Hospital NHS Trust
  • Denisse Gatmaytan, Diabetes Specialist Nurse- virtual lead, Northwick Park Hospital- London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

10:05

Virtual Wards Supporting Integrated Care

Alan Payne
Group Product and Engineering Director
Access HSC

Access Health, Support and Care, a leading technology partner, discuss bringing together health and social care environments within an integrated care model to provide a secure, scalable, and robust clinical platform, delivering a transformational virtual ward solution centered around the individual. 

10:25

Q&A

Q&A

10:40

Morning Break

Morning Break

11:40

Chair Morning Reflection

James Davis
Founder, CEO
Inicio Health

Chair Morning Reflection

11:45

Virtual Wards & Remote Monitoring Managing Risks on Waiting Lists and Enabling Early Discharge

Dr. Debashish Das
Consultant Cardiologist & CEO of Ortus
Ortus Solutions Limited

Virtual Wards & Remote Monitoring Managing Risks on Waiting Lists and Enabling Early Discharge

12:05

Innovation in Healthcare Education: Developing the future workforce through blended learning

Karen Pudge
Senior Programme Manager Blended Learning
Health Education England

Aims of presentation

  • To introduce the blended learning programme, including what blended learning is, background and aims of the Health Education England programme.
  • To provide overview of the blended learning nursing degree, including the newly commissioned pathway for first destination employment in community, primary and social care.
  • To showcase examples of the innovation and digital technologies being used within blended learning programmes.
  • To share the early outcomes of the programme, including lessons learnt, student experience and future blended learning programmes.

Abstract

Traditionally, the theoretical elements of nursing degrees have been delivered in a face-to-face manner and complemented with simulation with a 50% practice element through clinical placements. There is now a real need to consider new approaches to educating future nurses in relation to the impact of new and emerging technologies. Ensuring that the future nursing workforce is flexible, adaptable, has a growth mindset that is innovative and enthusiastic about change.

Technology has provided us with different and innovative ways of educating our health workforce with opportunities to widen access and participation. The NHS Long Term plan (2019) outlined the requirement to establish a new online nursing degree with the aim of widening participation and while pre-registration programmes rapidly moved to online delivery in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, this does not afford the student the full benefits of the pedagogic experience that blended learning provides. In response, Health Education England has partnered with several universities to create an innovative, accessible pre-registration nursing degree programmes, with the aim of:

  • Creating an innovative, accessible high quality healthcare degree programme using innovative means in digital and other technologies i.e. simulation, immersive and extended reality.
  • Attracting and retaining greater numbers, and a more diverse student nurse population.
  • Creating a significantly different offer in healthcare education that will support the growth of a qualitatively different, expert and professional workforce suited to the demands of services now and in the future.
  • Developing strong digitally capable and confident graduates.

The first blended learning adult nursing degrees have now commenced, along with a Midwifery degree and Critical Care Nursing modules. Medical and Anaesthesia Associate degrees, along with a new nursing degree aimed at first destination employment in community, primary and social care are due to commence in 2023. All blended learning programmes will be subject to independent evaluation.

Recommended reading titles

Health Education England (2022) Blended learning for pre-registration and undergraduate healthcare professional education

https://www.hee.nhs.uk/sites/default/files/documents/220405_Blended%20Learning%20Guidance%20Report_FINAL.pdf Hrastinski, S (2019) What Do We Mean by Blended Learning?. TechTrends 63, 564–569. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11528-019-00375-5 Bowyer, J and Chambers, L. (2017) Evaluating blended learning: Bringing the elements together. Research Matters: A Cambridge Assessment publication. Issue 23 p17-26.

12:25

Partnership-based approach for Virtual Wards in severe COPD cohorts

Myles Murray (Mr.)
Founder
PMD Solutions

Through a design thinking approach to pathway development, Letterkenny University Hospital partnered with eHealth providers to implement a managed service to remove the technology burden from healthcare professions for the management of a late stage COPD patient cohort in the community. Leveraging a novel approach to Continuous Respiratory Rate monitoring, 100% hospital avoidance was achieved over 12 weeks in Gold D (Gold 4E 2023) COPD patients. The end result, positioned patients successfully as the central partner in the management of their treatment. 

12:45

Virtual ward and hospital @ Home

Laura Harper
Directorate Manager Adult Community & Primary Care Services (Operational Lead for Virtual Wards)
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
Emily Jarvis
Senior Sister
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS trust

Aims of presentation:

  • The journey of implementing virtual wards within a community setting
  • The different pathways within the virtual wards team, within The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust
  • The benefits of virtual monitoring
  • What the data tells us so far
  • What has worked well and not so well…

Abstract

Within Wolverhampton we have 13 clinical pathways that are facilitated by our virtual ward, within our adult community services.  We have been operational since December 2021, starting with one pathway (Covid) to help with pressures due to the global pandemic.   Since then, we have continuously developed the service, integrating further pathways (including paediatrics) to facilitate a faster discharge, enabling patients to recover in the comfort of their own home.  Throughout our presentation we will demonstrate our journey in more detail and explain what opportunities/threats we have received along the way. 

13:05

Q&A Panel

Q&A Panel

13:20

Networking

Networking

14:05

Chairs Afternoon Address

James Davis
Founder, CEO
Inicio Health

Chairs Afternoon Address

14:10

Virtual wards for General Surgery

Dr Baribefe Olufemi Vite
Doctor
East Suffolk North Essex Foundation Trust (ESNEFT)
Hannah Chapman
Nurse Operational and Clinical Lead
East Suffolk North Essex Foundation Trust (ESNEFT)

This presentation will discuss the virtual ward delivery at ESNEFT for General Surgery, including some case examples and feedback on patient and clinician experience. 

14:30

Is The Patient At The Heart of Your Digital Transformation?

Dr Gurnak Singh Dosanjh
GP and ICB Clinical Lead for Home First
Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland ICB

Why patient engagement is essential for unlocking effective digital transformation and minimising health inequalities.

14:50

Q&A Panel

Q&A Panel

15:00

Drinks Reception, Networking and End of Day

Drinks Reception, Networking and End of Day

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Manchester Bee
CPD Member
Living Wage Member
Good Employment - Sponsor
Good Employment - Member
Armed Forces Covenant
Tech UK
HPMA
IHSCM
FSB
Ban The Box
Faculty of Clinical Informatics
Stockport County
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