GP practices using virtual wards and clinical ‘dashboards’ have reduced hospital admissions and cut tariff costs, attendees at the Commissioning show 2012 conference have heard.
A team led by Devon GP Dr Paul Lovell, urgent care clinical lead for NHS Devon, created a ‘virtual ward’ to predict which patients may be likely to require hospital admissions and intervene before this happened, cutting hospital tariff costs by more than £800,000.
Watch Jo Matthews, Brighton and Hove CCG's strategic commissioning lead for long-term conditions and end-of-life, discuss how community services involving district nurses, community matrons, care home support, physiotherapy, phlebotomy and pharmacists were reconfigured.
CCG representatives have their questions answered by Dr Lovell and Ms Matthews.
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