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Setting up and running Virtual Clinics

Friday 28 April 2017
De Vere West One, London

Setting up and running Virtual Clinics
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Virtual clinics are increasingly being used in healthcare to reduce outpatient appointments, save money and ensure the patients that do need to be seen face to face by a consultant have enough dedicated time. A large number of appointments can be replaced by virtual clinics, for decision making, consultation and outcome analysis. 

Chaired by Mr Bibhas Roy, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon and Virtual Orthopaedic Clinic Lead at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, this conference focuses on setting up and running virtual clinics. 

“Remote consultations offer potential advantages to patients (who are spared the cost and inconvenience of travel) and the healthcare system (eg, they may be more cost-effective). But fears have been expressed that they may be clinically risky and/or less acceptable to patients or staff, and they bring significant technical, logistical and regulatory challenges…New technologies that support alternatives to face-to-face consulting are seen by policymakers as potentially improving the financial efficiency as well as the clinical effectiveness of services” BMJ 2016

Expert sessions, case studies and an extended masterclass will focus on understanding service virtualisation, developing virtual clinics, developing policy and procedure to support clinic working and understanding information governance implications. Case studies will share experience from a variety of virtual clinics in specialties such as Orthopaedics, Cardiology, Urology, Follow Up and Obstetrics & Gynaecology. 

Delegates from the last conference stated: 
“Great speakers, experiences of different specialities, very useful day”
“Very informative with good discussion time”
“Good – clear speakers and coverage of a variety of areas within the context of virtual clinics”

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