Virtual Wards Launch Guide
The expansion and continued rollout of virtual wards is one of the top priorities across the NHS for 2022 and beyond, helping to shift care safely from busy hospitals into patients’ homes. 

This free launch guide compiles advice and real insights learned over 18 months of delivering a virtual ward for a major NHS trust, and will be updated as the rollout of virtual wards continues. 
Economics insights into virtual ward savings
Published case studies and research papers
SOP guidelines and tips for service evaluation
Expert advice on engaging clinicians & patients
Patient stories and example pathways
Questions to consider
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Jane Van Aken
Former GP for over 30 years, with a special interest in respiratory medicine. Noel was previously a GP commissioner and an Associate Medical Director of a large community and mental health NHS trust, before becoming Clinical Director for Spirit Health. 
A registered nurse in both the UK and USA, practising for over 30 years in total. Jane combines her clinical expertise with a passion for technology, championing innovative models of care across the system in her role as Director of Service Development. 
A highly experienced - and published - health economist, with a particular interest in health inequalities, health policy, and how as a society we can more efficiently use resources in health care. His published work includes papers on diabetes, medicines optimisation, COPD, and COVID-19.
Dr Noel O'Kelly
Jim Swift
Key contributors:
Allows you to apply local knowledge to find solutions that work for you 
3 ways our launch guide could help you:
Bitesize information with simple actions and advice
New content added regularly as rollout continues 
The pandemic has highlighted the greatest need for us to work with our patients in novel and innovative ways. The virtual ward is an extension of our current urgent respiratory services to help build capacity and flow through our system. LPT is proud to play its part in emerging solutions for our health economy.
Professor Sudip Ghosh
Consultant Physician & Deputy Medical Director, Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
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