The NHS Virtual Wards Conference North 2023

08:00 am
11 Jul, 2023
etc venues Manchester

The NHS Virtual Wards Conference North 2023

08:00 am
11 Jul, 2023
etc venues Manchester

The NHS Virtual Wards Conference North 2023

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 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.

The NHS Virtual Wards Conference North 2023 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

Sponsors & Partners

The Agenda

08:00

Registration

Registration

09:00

Chair Opening Address (Confirmed)

Douglas Hamandishe
Chief Digital Officer/Broadcaster and Presenter
Context Heath and Centric Health Media

Chair Opening Address - Douglas Hamandishe, The Number One Voice for Human and Digital Transformation Across Health and Social Care (Confirmed)

09:05

Virtual wards for General Surgery (Confirmed)

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.

09:25

Panel Discussion: Overcoming the Challenges of Virtual Ward Implementation

Greg Edwards
Chief Medical Officer
Doccla
Francesca Markland
Senior Programme Manager, Remote Monitoring & Virtual Wards
NHSE London Region Digital Transformation Team
Becs Winterborn
Clinical Lead Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire NHS@Home, Clinical Lead NHSE SW NHS@Home, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Certified Coach and Trainer
North Bristol NHS Trust
Emil Pohl
Transformation Project Lead
Whittington Health

Panel Discussion: Overcoming the Challenges of Virtual Ward Implementation

Moderator: Douglas Hamandishe, The Number One Voice for Human and Digital Transformation Across Health and Social Care (Invited)

  • Panellist 1: Becs Winterborn, Clinical Lead Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire NHS@Home, Clinical Lead NHSE SW NHS@Home, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Certified Coach and Trainer, North Bristol NHS Trust (Confirmed)
  • Panellist 2: Dr. Greg Edwards, Chief Medical Officer at Doccla (Confirmed)
  • Panelist 3: Francesca Markland, Senior Programme Manager, Remote Monitoring & Virtual Wards, NHSE London Region Digital Transformation Team (Confirmed)
  • Panelist 4: Emil Pohl, Transformation Project Lead, Whittington Health (Confirmed)

10:05

boxxe’s modern hospital (Confirmed)

Case Study - Boxxe

boxxe’s modern hospital

10:25

Q&A

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)

Q&A

10:40

Morning Break

Morning Break

11:40

Chair Morning Reflection (Confirmed)

Douglas Hamandishe
Chief Digital Officer/Broadcaster and Presenter
Context Heath and Centric Health Media

Chair Morning Reflection - Douglas Hamandishe, The Number One Voice for Human and Digital Transformation Across Health and Social Care (Confirmed)

11:45

Risk Stratification and Virtual Ward Assisted Outpatient Angiography for Low Risk NSTEMI Patients: The Atlas Pathway (Confirmed)

Dr Daniel Jones
Clinical Senior Lecturer (Barts CVCTU) and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist (Barts Heart Centre)
Barts Health NHS Trust

Case Study - Ortus iHealth

We have designed and implemented a virtual ward-based outpatient angiography pathway (ATLAS) for low-risk patients presenting with non-ST-elevation acute coronary syndromes (NSTEACS) aimed at reducing hospital length of stay, enhancing patient experience, and improving outcomes. Between October 2022-June 2023, 300 low-risk patients were discharged on the pathway. We demonstrated that it is possible to safely discharge low-risk NSTEMI patients onto a virtual ward with planned coronary angiography within 7 days. The pathway shortened hospital length of stay, optimised resource utilization (reducing time to angiography in higher-risk patients) was cost-saving, and most importantly, enhanced patient experience.

12:05

Virtual Wards Supporting Integrated Care (Confirmed)

Jardine Barrington Cook
Head of Interoperability and Data
The Access Group

Case Study - Access Group

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. 

12:25

Technology & Digital Transformation for Virtual Wards: London’s Journey So Far (Confirmed)

Francesca Markland
Senior Programme Manager, Remote Monitoring & Virtual Wards
NHSE London Region Digital Transformation Team
Joe Barker
Project Manager, Digital Transformation
Health Innovation Network

The Covid Response meant the rapid adoption of Remote Monitoring technologies to support vulnerable cohorts such as Care Homes residents, and the creation of Covid Virtual Wards to manage patients outside of hospital. Through the Regional Scaling Programme, London saw a host of remote monitoring pathways stood up at pace across a variety of care settings, using a variety of tech and workforce models. 

To benefit from the variance across the region, The London Digital team commissioned the Health Innovation Network (HIN) to undertake a Technical Review of the remote monitoring landscape. Alongside London evaluations of tech-enabled virtual wards, the Technical Review has supported London ICBs as they scale existing services and prepare for Virtual Ward technology procurements.

This presentation will look at the journey London has been on with technology for virtual wards over the last couple of years, and the direction of travel we are heading in:

PAST: Regional Scaling Programme scope and learnings; early adopter key themes; Phase 1a of London Technical Review

PRESENT: VWs programme; Phase 1b, 2a of London Technical Review developed to support VWs procurements including VW Technical Specification & Principles

FUTURE: Phase 2b of London Technical Review; opportunities for developmental relationships; single system solutions; Data (standardised data; MDS; SNSDEs etc); regional support to ICBs with VW tech procurements

12:45

Risk sharing Innovation Fund to support Winter Flu Pressures (Confirmed)

Myles Murray (Mr.)
Founder
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.

13:05

Q&A Panel

Francesca Markland
Senior Programme Manager, Remote Monitoring & Virtual Wards
NHSE London Region Digital Transformation Team
Joe Barker
Project Manager, Digital Transformation
Health Innovation Network
Jardine Barrington Cook
Head of Interoperability and Data
The Access Group

Q&A Panel

13:15

Networking

Networking

14:00

Chair Afternoon Reflection (Confirmed)

Douglas Hamandishe
Chief Digital Officer/Broadcaster and Presenter
Context Heath and Centric Health Media

Chair Afternoon Reflection - Douglas Hamandishe, The Number One Voice for Human and Digital Transformation Across Health and Social Care (Confirmed)

14:05

The NHS trust experience of leading and delivering virtual wards (Confirmed)

Adam Wright
Programme Development Manager
NHS Providers
Sara Gariban
Policy Advisor
NHS Providers

Our presentation will be informed by the feedback of trust leader members and will cover:

  • Progress on national targets for virtual wards
  • Opportunities to scale up virtual wards
  • Existing barriers and what is needed to address them

14:25

Virtual wards model at scale (Confirmed)

Connor Grealy
Partnership Manager
Isla Care
Charlotte Furness
Senior Partnership Manager
Isla Care

Case Study - Islacare 

Isla’s technology lends itself well to this use case and is being used by the virtual wards teams in many of our partners. We have already gone beyond typical monitoring and are piloting a model whereby patients, family members, or carers record and send a photo, video sound recording or digital questionnaires to the control centre, providing a much more nuanced understanding of changes in health status. And yet, we feel NHS providers are missing a huge opportunity.

14:45

BNSSG NHS@Home (Virtual Wards) The story so far…………….. (Confirmed)

Becs Winterborn
Clinical Lead Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire NHS@Home, Clinical Lead NHSE SW NHS@Home, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Certified Coach and Trainer
North Bristol NHS Trust

This presentation will tell the honest story of our journey from Hospital @Home in one acute hospital trust to a system-wide collaborative, delivering 6 different pathways of care with provision of early supported discharge and alternatives to admission. The highs and lows of leading system change.

15:05

The Virtual Health Hub, how all 3 services support keep patients safely cared for and monitored at home and how working alongside with the integrated discharge team supports reducing patients length of hospital stay (Confirmed)

Becky Housley
Consultant Nurse
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Claire Harman
Head of Patient Discharge and Flow
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

An overview of all 3 services and how they work seamlessly together. Working alongside the integrated discharge team supports virtual ward referrals and decreases patients’ length of hospital stay.

15:25

The Evolution of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital @Home Service (Confirmed)

Tony Latham
Matron
Guys and St Thomas’
Mr Gerry Burke
@Home Service Lead
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Transforming Patient Care: Innovations in Virtual Wards"

This presentation explores the advancements in virtual ward models and their impact on patient care within the NHS. It delves into the various strategies, technologies, and best practices that have transformed the delivery of healthcare services remotely, highlighting success stories and lessons learned.

15:45

Q&A Panel

Becs Winterborn
Clinical Lead Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire NHS@Home, Clinical Lead NHSE SW NHS@Home, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Certified Coach and Trainer
North Bristol NHS Trust
Claire Harman
Head of Patient Discharge and Flow
Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Adam Wright
Programme Development Manager
NHS Providers
Sara Gariban
Policy Advisor
NHS Providers
Tony Latham
Matron
Guys and St Thomas’
Mr Gerry Burke
@Home Service Lead
Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

Q&A Panel

16:00

Drinks Reception, Networking and End of Day

Close of Day

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