CPD Webinar: Virtual Wards
Free CPD webinar for nurses worth 2 hours CPD that examines virtual wards, including delivery models, barriers and implications for the nursing workforce
With a request for Integrated Care Systems to deliver the equivalent of 40-50 virtual ward ‘beds’ per 100,000 of the population by December 2023, NHS England’s ambition is clear - but what needs to be done to turn this ambition into reality?
This practical and informative webinar brings together expert speakers with hands-on experience to assess the different models available, the workforce implications of running virtual wards within an integrated care model, and patient outcomes and experience.
What are virtual wards?
- Virtual wards offer hospital-level care in a person’s home environment, for example their own home or a care home.
- Virtual wards involve remote monitoring, using apps, technology platforms and medical devices, such as pulse oximeters. They can also involve face-to-face care from a multidisciplinary team, usually based in the community, often called hospital at home.
- Virtual wards aim to provide a safe, effective and person-centred alternative to hospital inpatient care. Close working with patients, families and carers is vital.
- NHS England has asked all integrated care systems to extend or introduce virtual wards. The aim is to have the equivalent of 40-50 virtual ward ‘beds’ per 100,000 population by December 2023. This equates to 24,000 virtual ward beds. Priority areas are respiratory and frailty. All four UK nations have services providing hospital-level care at home but this is not universal.
- Nursing roles in virtual wards include band 5 posts, sometimes working in remote monitoring and also in people’s homes. They may be experts in frailty for example, or in leadership roles.
- Development of virtual wards must take account of local populations and geography, for example, a rural area will have different needs to a city.
- There is some evidence that providing hospital-level care at home can improve patient experience and outcomes, and benefit families, carers and health and care systems.
A virtual wards capability framework was published in October 2022, commissioned by NHS England and developed by Skills for Health. It provides a standardised scope of practice for nurses in virtual wards and will influence workforce, education, training and career progression in virtual wards.
Click here to read the virtual wards capability framework
This webinar, the first in our two-part virutal wards series, took place on Tuesday 22 November 2022.
Watch it on-demand at a time that suits you, and add two hours CPD into your RCNi Revalidation Portfolio.
The second in our two-part Virtual Wards CPD webinar series takes place on Wednesday 1st February 2023, and will look at lessons learned, building on the insights of our November event. This valuable forum for sharing ideas and reflecting on realities will pull together the experiences of new and more established virtual wards – developing a picture of what good looks like, and how it can be achieved.
Join us on Wednesday 1st February 2023. Register now for your free place.
- Virtual wards: how they work and their opportunities for nurses
- How to set up a virtual frailty ward and ensure continuity of care
- Improving safety by developing trust with a just culture
- Learning module: The effect of organisational culture on patient safety
- Learning module: Promoting patient safety through effective communication and teamwork
This event was sponsored by Baywater Healthcare, PHL Group and Doccla.