NHS EMS+ Bed Availability Tool

The EMS + Bed Availability Tool aims to provide a single point of access for health and social care staff to assess bed capacity within Warwickshire’s care homes market, therefore assisting in discharging patients to the right setting in a timely fashion and reducing the number of phone calls you receive with regard to your bed vacancies.

To enable best use of the system, data is ideally required to be updated by providers each morning by 9:30am.

This is to ensure that the system provides as accurate a picture as possible which can then be used in morning discharge meetings. If your information hasn’t changed from one day to the next, the update is simply a case of logging into the system and refreshing the screen.

The user guide (see link below) gives step by step guidance on how to do this – it should only take a few seconds. This keeps the current data entered while also confirming for users that the bed status is as up to date as possible.

The benefits of EMS Plus for providers include:

  • Quick and easy to use system to enter bed availability in one place
  • Bed capacity grids which can be tailored for the room types of each home
  • Reduced time spent fielding multiple enquiries regarding bed availability
  • Maximising occupancy by filling vacant beds as quickly as possible

For more information contact joncrowley@warwickshire.gov.uk.

Download the user guide here: WCBT EMS+ Bed Availability Tool User Guide

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