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virtual ward

A predictive modelling tool used by primary care trusts (PCTs) in the UK to identify high-risk populations which might benefit from early healthcare and social interventions, including providing care in the users’ homes.

Virtual Wards’ Objectives
• Act on evidence-based predictive risk modelling to reduce hospitalisation;
• Provide multidisciplinary case management;
• Serve as a communications hub for those caring for complex patients;
• Offer intuitive working systems that appeal to patients and clinicians.
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A Common/single point of access for referrals into Intermediate care through a duty professional, a rapid clinical response team (setting up virtual wards in patients homes), step-up and step-down beds (for those patients needing to be stepped up to hospital care and stepped down into residential home beds), third sector brokerage (for signposting to community groups and support packages) and a 6-week reablement service that will focus on getting people back to independence and away from institutional care.
Hence eleven participants were invited to the interview process with at least one patient from each of ten virtual wards.
In Warwickshire health chiefs have set up virtual wards, allowing patients with long term conditions to receive specialist care and nursing at home, rather than in a hospital bed.
Six hospitals in the UK are testing the virtual wards.
I received a phone call inviting me to a meeting to discuss patients having virtual wards in their own homes.
Prof Buchanan explained: "Students can practice procedures on these expensive dummies in theatre or on one of the virtual wards and, using CCTV, their colleagues are able to watch they're doing and can discuss the decisions being made in there.
County health trust NHS Warwickshire has launched virtual wards, providing patients with enhanced care without needing to admit them to hospital.
For example Hywel Dda Health Board, which has well established community virtual wards, has made a pledge to ensure, wherever possible, that no one with along term condition is admitted unexpectedly to hospital with that condition and also treat 20,000 more patients a year in the community when they would previously have had to be admitted to hospital.
His successes are said to have included raising morale, working with GPs to found the shadow commissioning consortia and introducing life-changing programmes such as the virtual wards.
Community healthcare transferring to the two trusts also includes district nursing and virtual wards providing home care, palliative end of life care and children's services including sexual health.
It is also one of the most diverse - our members work in a variety of environments, from hospital wards to virtual wards.
The virtual ward puts the patient at the centre, ensuring that health professionals and third sector colleagues work together, to deliver early care in the heart of the community.