NHS England

NHS England provides national leadership for the NHS. Through the NHS Long Term Plan, we promote high quality health and care for all, and support NHS organisations to work in partnership to deliver better outcomes for our patients and communities, at the best possible value for taxpayers and to continuously improve the NHS. We are working to make the NHS an employer of excellence and to enable NHS patients to benefit from world-leading research, innovation and technology.

To deliver the NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England will balance national direction with local autonomy to secure the best outcomes for patients.

Through our seven integrated regional teams, NHS England supports local integrated care systems (ICS), made up of public services that provide health and care – NHS organisations, primary care professionals, local councils, social care providers and the community, voluntary and social enterprise sector – to improve the health of the population, improve the quality of care, tackle inequalities and deliver care more efficiently.

Research assistant Researcher
NHS England
Our aim is to determine the impact and effectiveness of virtual wards as an intervention to better manage demand and capacity in secondary care, whilst supporting optimal patient outcomes. There is an urgent need to evaluate virtual wards to determine: The effectiveness of VWs in reducing the number of avoidable hospital admissions (Step-up ) The impact of VWs on hospital demand and capacity (Step-up & Step-down) While there is a debate about the bed-based approach to quantifying capacity in VWs, there is a need to understand the relative equivalence of a virtual ward admission avoidance activity compared with an emergency medical admission in an acute hospital setting. There are several important factors to consider, such as the number of virtual ward admissions that end in a hospital admission and the case mix of patients including how unwell they are. The cost-effectiveness of VWs to the health system and wider social care system. Assessment of health inequalities, including...
Project Type:
Consulting - Tender opportunity