Online Conference

Created for NHS professionals who have started or are planning to deliver virtual wards – this online forum will share the evidence behind the trail blazing services. Featuring implementation strategies for current Covid, Acute Medicine, Respiratory, Frailty and Diabetes virtual wards, this interactive event will engage you in the practicalities of this emerging opportunity to manage your patients differently. 

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Implementing and Establishing Virtual Wards
Online 5 hours From £299+VAT

5 hours Continuing Professional Development: what you will learn

When there is no standardised model for virtual wards, this imperative online conference will provide you with a wealth of case study experience and networking opportunities so that you can focus on:

  • Effectively triaging and providing safe follow-up in the community
  • Diversifying virtual wards and re-engineering healthcare
  • Implementing early supported discharge in new clinical areas
  • Achieving successful ‘step down’ care through virtual wards
  • Overcoming the challenges and building a business case
  • Setting up and establishing remote monitoring
  • Measuring the outcomes on admissions and early discharge
  • Learning from the successes of virtual Covid wards

Attend this online NHS event from the comfort of your own home

Find out how your service can reduce admissions, promote early discharge and provide the right care, in the right place, plus benefit from:

  • Meeting each other – turning on your videos and microphones in the breakout rooms
  • Listening and watching presentations and speakers’ Q&A – in the main conference room with your chair
  • Taking part in facilitated interactive sessions – enabled by moderators in the breakout rooms
  • Feeding back and engaging – using the chat box and moderators sharing content in the main conference room
Join, tech support and opportunity to network in breakout rooms
Introduction, instructions and chair’s opening remarks
Dr Alison Porter, Associate Professor of Health Services Research, Swansea University Medical School
Diversifying virtual wards
Continuing early supported discharge: reengineering healthcare to deliver virtual wards
  • Learning from Covid Oximetry to establish the role of the virtual wards
  • Understanding the considerations for virtual wards and overcoming the common challenges
  • Diversifying the use of virtual wards into new clinical areas to reengineer healthcare in the NHS
Dr Sarah Sibley, Respiratory Clinical Lead for Cheshire and Merseyside Clinical Network, Consultant Chest Physician, Knowsley Community Respiratory Service, Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust
Questions and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: How to set up and deliver a virtual ward
  • Have you been involved in setting up or running a virtual ward? If yes, how did it work in practice?
  • What clinical areas would benefit from virtual wards?
  • Share good practice from across the country that would help build a case for virtual wards
Screen break
Interactive discussion feedback: How to set up and deliver a virtual ward
Supporting ’step down’ care
Case study: Achieving a successful ‘step down’ approach: respiratory virtual wards
  • Setting up the service and developing the discharge process
  • Exploring the impact of the virtual ward during Covid-19
  • Future proofing: the practicalities and plans to implement a respiratory virtual ward
Dr Binita Kane, Consultant Respiratory Physician, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Questions and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: Finding solutions to your barriers to implement a virtual ward
  • What challenges are you currently facing and how could they be tackled?
  • Share your experiences of obtaining funding
  • What are your goals for setting up a virtual ward? How can you achieve them?
Lunch break
Feedback from interactive discussion: Finding solutions to your barriers to implement a virtual ward
Taking action in the community
Delivering acute medical care in the home and care home
  • Explore how the virtual ward works in practice: ensuring patient centred care
  • Delivering acute care in the community: utilising imaging, infusions and oxygen
  • Real-life case studies: taking action to care for the acutely ill
Reducing unscheduled admissions
Case study: Establishing fully integrated community and acute medicine led virtual wards
  • Understanding how the virtual wards are set up and the goal of the services
  • Measuring the outcomes of the virtual wards: impact on admissions and early discharge
  • Do virtual wards improve patient outcomes and experiences? Delving into the data
Lesley Roberts, Senior Clinical Operational Manager for CRIS (Community Rapid Intervention Service) & The Unscheduled Care Coordination Centre (UCCC), University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust
Questions and answers with your speakers
Interactive discussion: Solidify your plans for setting up a virtual ward in your service
  • Have you created a business plan for your virtual wards? If so, what did you consider?
  • What are your plans for staffing the virtual wards?
  • What equipment will you need and how much does it cost?
  • When do you plan to review your virtual wards and assess the data?
Screen break
Interactive discussion feedback: Solidify your plans for setting up a virtual ward in your service
Promoting effective early discharge
Case study: Shared learning opportunities and successes from the virtual Covid ward
  • Exploring the practicalities: assessing the successes of supporting Covid patients at home
  • Understanding the data: how virtual wards released pressure from acute settings
  • A look to the future: building a business case to further utilise virtual wards
Dr James Wallace, Director for Urgent and Emergency Care, Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Questions and answers with your speaker
Chair’s closing remarks and close of day

First-hand speaker experiences

A unique forum packed with examples of best practice, novel ideas and expert advice from:

Job Title:
Associate Professor of Health Services Research
Swansea University Medical School

Alison Porter is Associate Professor of Health Services Research at Swansea University, and a member of PRIME Centre Wales, the research network on primary and emergency healthcare. 

She has over twenty years’ experience of delivering engaged, applied research aimed at meeting the current challenges facing health and social care systems. She was part of the team which conducted the PRISMATIC evaluation of risk prediction in primary care, which showed surprising increases in admissions and costs associated with an initiative designed to support case management in the community. More recent work has examined how paramedics are contributing to the primary care workforce to provide sustainable pro-active care. 

Prior to Swansea University, she was based at the Nuffield Trust.

Job Title:
Respiratory Clinical Lead for Cheshire and Merseyside Clinical Network, Consultant Chest Physician
Knowsley Community Respiratory Service, Liverpool Heart and Chest NHS Foundation Trust

Job Title:
Consultant Respiratory Physician
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

Job Title:
Senior Clinical Operational Manager for CRIS (Community Rapid Intervention Service) & The Unscheduled Care Coordination Centre (UCCC)
University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust

Job Title:
Director for Urgent and Emergency Care
Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Pricing structure

  • £349 + VAT for one NHS or public sector place
  • £299 + VAT (each) for two or three NHS or public sector places
  • £599 + VAT for one commercial organisation place

You or a colleague can claim the £299 + VAT NHS discount, for booking two or more places across this and any other subsequent event, providing the same pricing structure applies. Click here to view the full list of up and coming events.

Commercial companies are also invited to sponsor this day please email Sarah Kemm for further details.

If your funding has not yet been secured or you would like to hold your place with no obligation, you can reserve your place with us. Please email the reservations team at SBK Healthcare with your details:

  • Booking contact: name, job title, department, email and telephone number
  • Event(s) to reserve for: title and date
  • Delegate details (for each delegate): name, job title, department, email and telephone number
  • Organisation details: name and address

Alternatively you can make a confirmed booking by emailing the above information to the bookings team 

Once you have booked your place, SBK Healthcare will correspond with you using the email address you provided at the time of booking. Within one week of the online conference taking place, you will be sent final details of the course including a full agenda, programme timings and your Zoom joining instructions. This email will include a joining link that can be used to access the conference.

If you have not received your email two days before your event, do check your junk folder then contact SBK Healthcare on 01732 897788.

Practice sessions are available and you will be sent an invitation to join one of our delegate practice sessions. These are optional but great if you are unsure of whether your camera and microphone will work on Zoom. We hold several one hour practice sessions across the week when a member of SBK Healthcare staff will be waiting in Zoom to assist you. Please do pop in, say hello and make sure you are all set for the day.

On the day, when registration starts, you will be able to join the conference by initially entering a waiting room when there may be a short wait. In groups of between 6-10 people, you will be admitted into the main conference room to be greeted by a member of SBK staff. In the same group you will be taken into a breakout room and asked to turn on your video and microphone. A member of the SBK team will get your group started with some orientation tasks and ‘ice breaker’ topics, before leaving you to network.

When you are automatically brought back into the conference room for the start of the conference, you will be asked to turn off your camera and microphone so that the chair can start the forum. During each presentation you will be able to ask questions in the chat box function. The forum will include screen breaks, as well as topic themed interactive sessions which will take place in the breakout rooms.

Click here to view the specially created a 5-minute video that will walk you through how to get the most out of attending your SBK Healthcare interactive online forum.

Certification of attendance

A certificate for Continuing Professional Development will be given to every fully registered participant who completes the course, as a record of your continuing professional training and development.

Registration fees

You will be sent an instant payment option or invoice on registration. Your payment is required in advance. If your fee has not been received prior to the event, and you are not able to provide a PO or proof of payment, you will be asked to make a credit or debit card payment on the day.

Modify registration

To let us know if your details are not correct when you have already registered, please email the bookings team.

Cancellations and substitutions

A full refund of fees will be made only for cancellations received within the first 48 hours of the booking being made. Notice of cancellation must be received in writing by emailing the bookings team at SBK Healthcare. Should you need to cancel your registration after this date, the registration fee remains payable in its entirety although a substitution will be accepted and conference documentation will be provided. Substitution attendees for delegates unable to attend after registering are acceptable at any time.

Event changes

It may be necessary for reasons beyond the control of the conference organisers to alter the content, speakers or the timing of the programme. We will endeavour to keep you abreast of such changes but any unavoidable change to the format will not constitute a reason to refund the fee. Should the event be postponed, we will endeavour to reschedule the event. If, for reasons beyond the control of the conference organiser, the event is cancelled, a full refund will be made. We do not accept any liability for any incurred costs resulting from a postponement or cancellation.

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Expected attendees

This online meeting is ideal for NHS professionals who are currently running or are planning to set up a virtual ward. This includes but is not limited to Consultants, Operational Leads, Nurse Leads, Service Leads and Commissioners across:

  • Secondary Care specialities including A&E, Respiratory, Acute Medicine, Frailty and Diabetes Services
  • NHS and Private Primary Care Providers
  • Clinical Commissioning Groups

Past attendee feedback

With over 5 years of face to face conferences and a year of virtual online forums, don’t take our word for how much the attendees enjoy our training:

"A really good study session, worth booking time off work for and will actually change our practice. Good advice from other professionals and interactive"

Princess of Wales Hospital, Diabetes Technology in Pregnancy National Networking Forum, February 2021

"All of the presentations from the speakers were excellent and gave a brilliant insight into what other trusts and organisations are doing to achieve effective approaches to healthcare"

Portsmouth Hospitals University NHS Trust, Multi-Agency Approach to Complex Needs for CYP, January 2021

"It was interesting to learn where other trusts are at, good to share experiences and learn new ways of delivering care."

Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Transforming Mental Health Crisis Care Online Conference, September 2020

"A good insight into processes and how I could use this experience to help modernise our department"

Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Modernising Outpatient Services Online Conference, September 2020

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An online forum like no other…

A live event that will feature leading presentations, interactive breakout rooms, and compelling Q&A discussions

As a sponsor you will have the opportunity to present your product or service, be a ‘face’ of the event and meet your audience face-to-face to discuss their experiences, interests and key concerns.

To find out more about sponsorship contact Sarah Kemm on 01732 897788 or you can email Sarah. Your organisation could be sponsoring this forum today!

Branding, marketing and education opportunities include...

  • Your organisation featuring on this forum website as ‘sponsored by’; including your logo, promotional text and links to your URL
  • 5 minutes presentation time during the main conference and taking part in the related speaker Q&A
  • Unique opportunity for the sponsored presenter to moderate one of the interactive breakout rooms
  • Additional company representatives can attend the online conference and meet the attendees during the interactive sessions in the breakout rooms
  • Your logo or company name will be included in all correspondence we send to registrations and all promotional emails sent out when marketing
  • Your support and sponsorship will be recognised when you are thanked at the opening and closing of the online forum as well as your logo featuring on the opening and closing slides
  • All sponsors will receive a copy of the registration and attendee list
  • Plus: a one-off option to add your question to the registration form, asking if attendees would like to share their email address with you so you can keep them informed after the online forum

Sponsor this forum and be part of a quality interactive event...

But don't take our word for it. We have had some excellent feedback from attendees to the forums that have been held to date:

"Forum was managed extremely well, and very professional"

IAPT National Networking Online Forum 2021 - 21st January 2021

“I am sure like everyone else I was apprehensive with going online, not sure how we could network, the ability for all participant's to participate and the quality of the presentations - all my fears were diminished this turned in to be a great day, networking, leading and sharing still occurred and links still formed. The presentations were excellent and the quality of the forum and set up great and so easy to follow and timing excellent.”

Reduce Paediatric Emergency Attendance Online Conference – 8th October 2020

“The conference has been far more engaging than in a conference centre. This I think is because of the ability to participate in chat throughout and the use of the breakout discussions.” “Excellent day! Organisation was great - loved the break out rooms for chat. Virtual chat added another really useful way to interact during the day, which isn't available to us at the physical conferences.”

Leading Change in Clinical Coding Online Conference - 11th September 2020

"Very informative, lots of opportunity for discussions and very well organised virtually"

Providing Support for Children on Long Term Ventilation - Tuesday 9th March 2021

"I enjoyed the group chats networking listening to others experiences, I also like that there was a lead on each group so the chats were influenced and no awkward silences that can occur on web meets. I thought the larger talks were really good and easy to listen to."

Modernising Outpatient Services Online Conference – 16th September 2020

“This is my first experience of an online conference and thoroughly enjoyed it. Wasn't sure what to expect. Would recommend to colleagues to attend future events” “This has to be the best online conference I have been to, I really enjoyed the breakout rooms.”

Advancing Ulcer Care Management Online Forum – 29th September 2020

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