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NHS Long Term Plan Webinar Series

Virtual Wards
Bringing the hospital home 
31 March 2021
11:00 - 12:00 BST




Aida Yousefi

Chief Commercial Officer



Cheryl Crocker

Patient Safety Director

AHSN Network


Tim Straughan

Director of NHS @home 

NHS England & Improvement


Dr Matthew Knight

Consultant Respiratory Physician

West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust


Prof. Oliver Opitz

Head of Coordination Office for Telemedicine

University of Heidelberg

The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed fragility and inequality in healthcare systems and society and the pressure on healthcare systems is acting as a catalyst to accelerate the shift in the way care and research is delivered.


This webinar will explore:

  • How teams have innovated to provide hospital-at-home during the Covid-19 crisis and what’s needed to maintain the momentum of change?

  • What is the future direction for hospital-at-home, post-pandemic, and what will accelerate or prevent adoption at scale?

  • Evaluation and evidence required to support the case for change



The development of the digital virtual ward has seen patients being cared for at home, at scale. Smartphones and connected sensors, such as oximeters, monitor patients, transmitting data on their condition to their care providers, identifying and flagging changes in an individual’s wellbeing in the process. 


Digital virtual wards enable carers to run their ward rounds at a glance of a screen and make contact with their patients proactively, minimising the need for unnecessary admissions. Evidence shows they can double clinical capacity, reduce the administrative burden of care while providing the right data at the right time to support clinical decision making. Watch the Channel 4 News report here


You might also like a paper published in The BMJ on digital virtual wards.


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