The global Covid-19 pandemic placed an unprecedented burden on hospital capacity, leading to the rapid establishment of virtual wards that allowed patients to get the care they needed at the place they call home, safely and conveniently. In a virtual ward, rather than being in hospital patients are remotely monitored using apps, technology platforms, wearables and medical devices such as pulse oximeters. Support may also involve face-to-face care from multi-disciplinary teams.
Initial evaluations of virtual wards show they are generally safe with a low risk of readmission and death. (1) (2) Moreover, a recent systematic review of twenty-four randomised controlled trials comparing the outcomes of virtual ward care with those of usual post-discharge care in 10,876 patients with a range of conditions found that, across all diseases, virtual wards are associated with fewer emergency department visits, shorter lengths of stay during readmissions and lower healthcare costs.(3)
Despite the promise of virtual wards, however, few resources are currently available on how to set-up and run such services successfully. Featuring the voices of the innovators and early adopters who have already established virtual wards, this course is therefore designed to enable inexperienced teams or professionals to set-up and manage their own virtual wards and, in so doing, spread the virtual ward model of care across their health and social care economy.
On completion of this course you’ll be able to:
This course is broken down into eight weekly modules:
This course should take approximately 4 – 6 hours per week. You can expect to devote about 1 – 2 hours per week to self-paced learning, 1 – 2 hours per week preparing for and participating in the webinar and 1 – 2 hours per week applying your knowledge through learning activities and mini-projects. Every webinar is recorded so you can rewatch it at any time.
This course will benefit anyone, whether they have a clinical or management background, who is looking for structured, practical and easy-to-follow guidance that will enable them to set-up and manage their own virtual wards or spread the virtual ward model of care across their health and social care economy.
Upon successful completion of the course you’ll receive an:
Ready to start? Just click the ‘Register now’ button at the top of this page or use the ‘Ask us a question’ button if you’d like to talk to one of our course facilitators. The fee for this course is £795 per person. If you’d like to pay in instalments you can arrange this by contacting us at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We provide discounts to organisations registering 3 or more staff in the course and can also provide a customised in-house version tailored to your organisation’s specific needs.
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(1) Ward et al, 2022. Outcomes from a virtual ward delivering oxygen at home for patients recovering from COVID-19: a real world observational study. Clinical Medicine; 22(3): 197 – 202. https://doi.org/10.7861/clinmed.2021-0512
(2) O’Malley et al, 2022. A Covid-19 Virtual Ward Model: A Preliminary Retrospective Clinical Evaluation From A UK District General Hospital. Journal of Primary Care and Community Health http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/21501319211066667
(3) Chauhan & McAlister, 2022. Comparison of Mortality and Hospital Readmissions Among Patients Receiving Virtual Ward Transitional Care vs Usual Postdischarge Care: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. JAMA Network Open; 5(6). http://dx.doi.org/10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2022.19113
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