Virtual wards enabled by technology - elearning for healthcare
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About the technology enabled elearning programme

The virtual wards (VW) enabled by technology elearning session provides an overview of learning for registered clinicians working on a VW. It also includes links to national guidance and clinical pathway resources.

VWs allow patients to receive the care they need in their own home, safely and conveniently rather than in hospital. VWs also provide integrated care systems with an opportunity to narrow the gap between demand and capacity for secondary care beds, by providing an alternative to admission or early discharge. A VW supports a person who would otherwise be in a physical hospital bed, to get the acute care, remote monitoring and treatment they need in their own home. There are different VW models, and their emphasis on technology varies in line with patient needs and preferences.

VWs are suitable for a range of conditions that can be safely and effectively managed and monitored at home. Many local areas have developed or are developing VWs enabled by technology for a range of conditions, including for people with respiratory problems, COVID-19 and heart failure.

This is the first of a number of elearning sessions to support clinical staff to better understand who the patients are, how they are admitted, why monitoring is important, their role in monitoring, remote assessment and escalation.  Integrated care systems (ICSs) will adopt their own approaches to the delivery of care and this learning should be used in conjunction with local training, guidance and policies. Future sessions will be developed to support other models of VW care, for example Hospital@Home.

Primary and secondary audiences

Primary – registered health care professional working or setting up a virtual ward in primary, community and secondary care

Secondary – any others working in a virtual ward and other interested parties in the health and care sector and arms length bodies

More information

Education sessions will be added for support services and non-registered staff working in VWs and other models of VW care.


The team would like to thank the following people for their support in creating this programme:

Emily Wells, CNIO, Norfolk, Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Mathew Inada-Kim NHS England and NHS Improvement, National Clinical Lead COVID NHS@home Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Gordon Elder, CNIO, Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust.

Previous COVID-19 ward team. Select here to access this Programme


Meet the team

  • Breid O’Brien

    Breid O’Brien

    Deputy Director, Digital Health Team, NHSX
  • Zoe Harris

    Zoe Harris

    Senior (clinical) Delivery Manager, Digital Health Team, NHSX
  • Natasha Parry

    Natasha Parry

    Clinical Adviser, Digital Health Team, NHSX
  • Holly Carr

    Holly Carr

    Florence Nightingale Digital leadership Fellow, Clinical Safety team
  • Sara Nelson

    Sara Nelson

    Deputy Chief Nursing Information Officer, NHSX
  • James Lane

    James Lane

    Senior Project Delivery Manager - Engagement Lead, NHSX
  • Nicola Fulton

    Nicola Fulton

    Deputy Head of Communications and Stakeholder Engagement, NHSX and NHS England
  • elfh-staff-Alex-Drinkall-learning-profile

    Alex Drinkall

    Communications and Stakeholder Lead, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Emma Nye

    Emma Nye

    Programme Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • CJ McKay, Project Manager

    CJ McKay

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Alan Campbell

    Alan Campbell

    HEE elearning for healthcare Learning Designer

How to access

In order to access any elfh programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Virtual wards enabled by technology programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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If you already have an account with elfh, then you can enrol on to the Virtual wards enabled by technology programme by logging in to the elfh Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Virtual wards enabled by technology programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

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