At Akeso & Company, we are extremely saddened by the current healthcare crisis caused by the unprecedented NHS capacity constraints which is threatening the lives of so many of us this winter.
According to the latest discussions at No10, the Government’s response to this challenge is an improved discharge to medically fit patients that is enabled by solutions such as virtual wards.
Although programmes such as discharge to assess (D2A) and virtual wards are not new, we welcome the recognition that doing the same but (slightly) better is not going to solve the problem this winter, or in fact any winter going forward.
According to the NHS, there are 12,809 patients fit for discharge who are occupying beds which could be available to save lives. In an analysis by HSJ, 7,000 virtual ward beds exist, but only half of them are occupied.
So, what is causing this disconnect and why aren’t virtual wards that are in place delivering results?
We believe that the system is struggling with uptake due to the lack of mechanisms that offer a partnership platform between healthcare professionals, who must continue to care for patients uninterruptedly, and specialist partners that can facilitate discharge programmes and implement functional virtual wards.
Akeso can offer such a mechanism and work with Trusts to deliver improvements to discharge practices and implement technology enable virtual wards. We can enable this by offering:
- Demand and capacity analysis to enable care pathway remodelling.
- Workforce optimisation and empowerment to support discharge and remote care.
- Project management to ensure programmes and solutions offer evidenced results.
- Comprehensive guide and methodology which takes a Trust ‘step-by-step’ through business case, implementation, effective management and scaling of virtual wards.
A medically graded virtual ward technology which offers proven discharge results by reducing length of stay of medically fit patients.
We are here to talk and help Trusts and ICSs with a free assessment and actionable plan that can offer results right now!
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