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.
Events topics and take aways:
• 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
• 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:
Clinical Lead Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire NHS@Home, Clinical Lead NHSE SW NHS@Home, Consultant Vascular Surgeon, Certified Coach and Trainer
Clinical Senior Lecturer (Barts CVCTU) and Honorary Consultant Cardiologist (Barts Heart Centre)
Transformation Project Lead
Chief Medical Officer
Nurse Operational and Clinical Lead
Senior Account Manager
Chair Opening Address (Confirmed)
Chair Opening Address - Douglas Hamandishe, The Number One Voice for Human and Digital Transformation Across Health and Social Care (Confirmed)
Virtual wards for General Surgery (Confirmed)
This presentation will discuss the virtual ward delivery at ESNEFT for General Surgery, including some case examples and feedback on patient and clinician experience.
Panel Discussion: Overcoming the Challenges of Virtual Ward Implementation
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)
boxxe’s modern hospital (Confirmed)
Case Study - Boxxe
boxxe’s modern hospital
Chair Morning Reflection (Confirmed)
Chair Morning Reflection - Douglas Hamandishe, The Number One Voice for Human and Digital Transformation Across Health and Social Care (Confirmed)
Risk Stratification and Virtual Ward Assisted Outpatient Angiography for Low Risk NSTEMI Patients: The Atlas Pathway (Confirmed)
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.
Virtual Wards Supporting Integrated Care (Confirmed)
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.
Technology & Digital Transformation for Virtual Wards: London’s Journey So Far (Confirmed)
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
Risk sharing Innovation Fund to support Winter Flu Pressures (Confirmed)
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.
Chair Afternoon Reflection (Confirmed)
Chair Afternoon Reflection - Douglas Hamandishe, The Number One Voice for Human and Digital Transformation Across Health and Social Care (Confirmed)
The NHS trust experience of leading and delivering virtual wards (Confirmed)
Our presentation will be informed by the feedback of trust leader members and will cover:
Virtual wards model at scale (Confirmed)
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.
BNSSG NHS@Home (Virtual Wards) The story so far…………….. (Confirmed)
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.
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)
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.
The Evolution of the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospital @Home Service (Confirmed)
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.
Drinks Reception, Networking and End of Day
Close of Day