Supporting care with remote monitoring

As the UK enters the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, many NHS organisations are considering how they can deliver more care to people at home. 

This includes the seven regional Innovation Collaboratives that are working to implement the use of tech-enabled remote monitoring for supporting patients with COVID-19. These innovation collaboratives are also working to scale existing projects that use technology, devices or apps to support patients to monitor and manage their health or long term conditions. Delivering better and more personalised care to people in their own homes. 

Each Innovation Collaborative brings together multiple people and organisations such as the NHS, social care and local authorities in their area to contribute towards developing new services and solutions. 

NHSX support available

We have a small team available to provide bespoke support to NHS organisations who are planning to implement a tech-supported service for COVID-19 home monitoring. We can link you in with the Innovation Collaborative and:

  • listen to your local operational challenges in responding to COVID-19 wave 2 challenges and help you identify where digital solutions to support remote monitoring could add most value
  • link you to teams across the country dealing with similar challenges and support the sharing of information and tools to avoid duplication of effort
  • support the procurement of tech-enabled remote monitoring tools, helping you to identify the different procurement routes such as the Spark DPS - we may also be able to help you with the cost of licences in the current financial year
  • support you with planning and implementation, providing information, tools and Quality Improvement methodologies to support rapid scaling, manage culture change and improve efficiency and productivity
  • support you to build capability through the application of improvement methodologies for digital transformation, with a specific focus on measurement for improvement and benefits realisation
  • invite you to join our Innovation Collaboratives - Digital Health workspace on the NHS futures platform,  set up for NHS, social care and local authority staff only,  so you can get peer-to-peer support, trade tools and resources, seek advice and benefit from the practice of others

Find out more about the Innovation Collaborative

Existing members can access the Innovation Collaborative Digital Health workspace on the FutureNHS platform.

Please e-mail InnovationCollaborative-manager@future.nhs.uk to request to join.

Case studies 

You can see an overview of the projects that each Innovation Collaborative is working on below.

Map showing regional overview of projects

An overview of some of the remote monitoring projects

North East and Yorkshire: A scheme in the North East which supports patients to monitor their warfarin dose from home and share the results digitally with clinicians, without the need to go to hospital, is set to help 1,000 patients over the next six months. Other schemes include using remote monitoring in care homes and for patients with hypertension.

North West: Among a range of schemes, the region is looking to expand its health technology (or telehealth) service. This was introduced to help people with long term conditions monitor their own health, with the support of health professionals. For a more detailed account of this piece of work, please open the box below.

London: This blueprint shows the main benefits of optimising triage and allocating appointments to those with the greatest need. It demonstrates how remotely recorded vital signs help in identifying deteriorating patients.

South East: This scheme is expanding support for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who do not need to be cared for in hospital, through remote monitoring at home in a ‘virtual ward’. The project is now set to expand from covering a population of 450,000 to a population of 1.1m by March. For a more detailed account of this project, please open the box below.

South West: This scheme discusses their plans to expand the use of clinical communication tools and increase the take-up of remote monitoring in care homes and in the care of people with learning disabilities.

Midlands: Across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland the COVID-19 pandemic has helped to drive forward a rapid expansion of remote monitoring schemes which is allowing clinical teams to keep track of patients with chronic conditions safely and in the comfort of their own home.

Over the coming days and weeks, remote monitoring case studies from each Innovation Collaborative will be shared on the new Innovation Collaboratives Digital Health workspace on the NHS Futures platform.

This workspace is open to all NHS, social care and local authority staff with an interest in remote monitoring. Join the workspace using the link above or email: innovation.collaborative@nhsx.nhs.uk