Virtual wards (also known as hospital at home) allow patients to get the care they need at home safely and conveniently, rather than being in hospital. This includes either preventing avoidable hospital admissions or supporting people to safely leave hospital sooner.
Systems are asked to continue scaling-up virtual wards, growing capacity to over 10,000 beds, with a longer-term ambition of reaching 40-50 virtual ward ‘beds’ per 100,000 people, which would mean more than 50,000 admissions a month. This is outlined in the 2023/24 Priorities and Operational Planning Guidance and the Delivery Plan for Recovering Urgent and Emergency Care.
The data is collected through a Situation Report (SitRep) and compiled into a monthly publication.
This publication contains information on virtual ward services in each Integrated Care Board (ICB) In England and at a national level. This includes data on the capacity, occupancy percentage and the capacity per 100,000 of the adult population.
These statistics are classified as experimental and should be used with caution. Experimental statistics are new official statistics undergoing evaluation. More information about experimental statistics can be found on the UK Statistics Authority website.
For more information and resources visit: NHS England » Virtual wards
For further information about the published statistics, please contact the Virtual Ward Programme in NHS England at: