Almost a third of older people experience a fall every year, with 5% of these falls leading to a fracture and hospitalisation, at an estimated cost of £435 million to the NHS.
According to Age UK, the restrictions put in place due to Covid-19 have had a significant impact on cognitive ability for older people, resulting in a loss of mobility and an increased risk of falls. There has been growing emphasis on preventing and supporting older people at risk of falls, resulting in CQC publishing Covid-19 guidance for professionals operating within adult social care to support elderly people who have suffered a fall. With elderly people more isolated and immobile than ever before, and the NHS struggling to meet surging demand, it is crucial that the health and social care, voluntary and local government sectors have effective fall prevention methods in place.
Join this one-day interactive training course on Preventing Falls in Older People to learn how to create and embed effective fall prevention strategies. Featuring group collaboration sessions and practical workshops, this course analyses the key areas of effective falls prevention plans, including evaluating the causes of falls, multifactorial assessments, and personalised interventions. In a highly interactive day, you will work together with peers to produce effective strategies for managing falls and create a tailored fall prevention strategy to implement in your organisation.
- Understand and implement the updated NICE and related national guidance
- Engage with the process of multifactorial assessment and intervention
- Learn how to prevent falls among older people with delirium and dementia
- Work on a real-life scenario to learn how to effectively report and respond to falls
- Create a successful fall prevention strategy for primary and secondary care
- Understanding the development of national guidance on falls prevention, including the NICE Guideline and Quality Standard and the latest National Audit of Inpatient Falls Report, May 2021
- Analysing the updates to national guidelines and audit and the impact these will have on different settings.
- Evaluating the evidence behind an effective falls prevention service and understanding what works and why
- Reviewing the recommended pathways for community and hospital settings
- Learning the key factors in developing, implementing and maintaining an effective falls prevention service
- Analysing how falls are significantly more likely to occur for older people experiencing delirium, particularly for people with dementia
- Understanding the key indicators of delirium and how to effectively treat and manage delirium in older people
- Discussing how fall prevention intervention should be tailored for older people with delirium
- Developing multifactorial assessments for older people with delirium
- Implementing and delivering effective strategies to prevent falls among older people with delirium
- Examining how Dudley Falls Service developed a new award-winning strategy to significantly reduce falls in elderly patients
- Discussing how to develop a joined-up multidisciplinary approach to preventing falls across the council, CCG and NHS Trust resulting in improved communications and more rapid and effective interventions
- Sharing key learning points from the service, including the importance of data quality, involving staff in the process of change and providing an individualised patient journey
- Outlining how this resulted in a 29.4% reduction in falls for patients over 65 and a 25.2% reduction for 80+, resulting in the lowest number of falls in 8 years
Highly Commended in NICE Shared Learning Awards 2020
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Carrie Tyler will lead a session on Understanding why falls occur.
Delegates will then break out into groups and work together to discuss effective responses to to falls. Each group will work on a different aspect of fall management and will report back to the wider group. These responses will then be discussed and best practice will be agreed.
Areas of focus include:
- Root cause analysis of falls
- Personalised interventions
- Producing effective reports to ensure change.
- Discuss with other delegates and share knowledge between services
- Strategic planning to help reduce the number, cost and impact of falls in your services
- Engage key stakeholders to ensure your strategy is understood and supported
- Overcome obstacles to networking services and maximising referrals
- Use national and local audit to drive progress
- Create a falls prevention action plan in line with NICE standards to take back to your organisation
*Programme subject to change