Watch: Virtual wards – realising the potential

Catch up on this launch event on our virtual wards report where we discussed the findings and recommendations.

General information

23 May 2023 11:30 - 12:30 GMT
Open to all


  • Headshot of Mike Barnard
    Mike Barnard External link icon
    CEO, Acacium Group
  • Matthew Taylor - Chief Executive
    Matthew Taylor
    Chief Executive NHS Confederation
  • Gurnak Dosanjh External link icon
    GP & Clinical Lead for Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland (Virtual Wards)
  • Dr Niall Keenan External link icon
    Clinical Lead for Virtual Hospital/ Chair, Clinical Advisory Group, Virtual Wards NHS England, East of England
  • Michael Bell External link icon
    Chairman of Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust

Virtual wards are increasingly being used in the NHS to support increased capacity, reduce length of hospital stay and provide flexibility of care for patients in their own homes.

Virtual wards are also a crucial part of the recent urgent and emergency care delivery plan and the 2022/23 NHS England operational plan, which set a target of 40-50 beds per 100,000 population (equivalent to the delivery of up to 24,000 virtual ward beds in total) by the end of this year.

To understand how integrated care systems are developing and delivering their virtual wards against increased demand, the NHS Confederation in partnership with Acacium Group, undertook a series of interviews and deep dive sessions with senior system leaders to find out what the true potential – and current pitfalls – are of virtual wards.

Hear from Matthew Taylor, NHS Confederation chief executive and Acacium Group chief executive, Mike Barnard, and senior system leaders on the findings and recommendations of the report.

Watch the recording