Author: William Woodward

Resource Type: Case study

Categories: Digital technology, Policy & Strategy, Health and care

Publishing body: NESTA

This provides cautious optimism for those seeking solutions to the healthcare service’s numerous ailments. Many of us can already work, shop and learn from home. Now we can receive hospital care too. As the UK faces a future where our population is set to become older and sicker, might this be a lifeline our NHS needs? This provides cautious optimism for those seeking solutions to the healthcare service’s numerous ailments.

Many of us can already work, shop and learn from home. Now we can receive hospital care too. As the UK faces a future where our population is set to become older and sicker, might this be a lifeline our NHS needs? According to the NHS, virtual wards allow patients to receive hospital-level care at home thanks to remote monitoring and communication technology. Although first developed in South London in the mid-2000s, their rollout had been limited to a small number of NHS trusts. Now, thanks in part to a convergence of technological advances and an uptick in remote care spurred by shifts in practice during the pandemic, the NHS plans to make them ubiquitous.

In its January 2023 delivery plan for recovering urgent and emergency care services, NHS England called for the greater use of virtual wards and we’ve seen similar efforts implemented in Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.

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