Maximise virtual ward occupancy to protect your hospital bed capacity

Case study Virtual ward 10th Jul 2024

Average virtual ward occupancy in the NHS is 70% (May 2024) whilst HomeLink Healthcare’s average occupancy is 97%.

Jenny Keane, Director of Intermediate Care at NHS England has outlined five barriers to virtual ward referrals:

Barriers of referring into a virtual ward

Through our strong collaboration with patients, NHS partners and social care agencies we have been able to ensure our (contracted) occupancy remains high, freeing up those much needed beds on hospital wards.

Please click on the short animation below that shows ways in which we have been able to maximise capacity on virtual wards that our clinicians support.


If you would like to speak to our team about our virtual ward or other hospital at home pathways, please email us at or call 020 3137 5370.



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