Overview

09 Jun, 2021
Online Training

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.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand and implement the updated CQC and PHE 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

Key Speakers

Ed Tanks photo
Ed Tanks
Clinical Lead Physiotherapist
The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
Dr Mani Krishnan photo
Dr Mani Krishnan
Consultant in Old Age/Liaison Psychiatry and Associate Clinical Director, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
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Dr Eleni Fixter
Consultant Psychiatrist
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

Agenda

9:15 am
Logging on and Accessing the Platform
9:30 am
Trainer's Welcome and Clarification of Learning Objectives
Cameron Swift
Cameron Swift
Consultant Physician
King's College London
Confirmed
9:45 am
Understanding and Implementing the NICE Falls Quality Standard and National Audit Guidance
  • Understanding the development of clinical guidance on falls prevention, including the first National Audit of Inpatient Falls Report, March 2020
  • Analysing the updates to the Public Health guidance and the impact this 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
Cameron Swift
Cameron Swift
Consultant Physician
King's College London
Confirmed
10:45 am
Break
11:00 am
Identifying and Managing Delirium in Older People to Prevent Falls
  • 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
  • Considering how to improve stimulation of older people with delirium during Covid-19 and prevent cognitive decline
  • Developing multifactorial assessments for older people with delirium
  • Implementing and delivering effective strategies to prevent falls among older people with delirium
Dr Eleni Fixter
Dr Eleni Fixter
Consultant Psychiatrist
Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
Confirmed
Dr Mani Krishnan
Dr Mani Krishnan
Consultant in Old Age/Liaison Psychiatry and Associate Clinical Director, Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust and Chair of Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry
The Royal College of Psychiatrists
Confirmed
11:45 am
Successfully Reducing Falls in a Clinical Setting
Successfully Reducing Falls in a Non-Clinical Setting
  • 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

Shortlisted for the LGC Health and Social Care Awards 2020

NICE into Action 2019 Award Runners Up

Ed Tanks
Ed Tanks
Clinical Lead Physiotherapist
The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
Confirmed
  • Taking an integrated approach to reducing falls in non-clinical settings such as care homes and hospices
  • Considering how to improve communication between primary and secondary care settings in order to develop coordinated falls prevention approaches
  • Understanding dementia as risk factor and how to train staff to understand and preventing falls from older people with dementia
  • Sharing an Action Tool for Care Homes to prevent falls and practicing how to use this effectively
Kevin Anthony
Kevin Anthony
Senior Physiotherapist & Research Lead
Integrated Care Homes Service, Nottingham CityCare
Confirmed
12:30 pm
Lunch
1:15 pm
Group Activity: Effectively Managing Falls

Delegates will break out into groups and work together to co-produce effective responses to a particular scenario. Each group will be led by a speaker and 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.

Group themes will include:

  • Analysis of what went wrong and how the fall could be prevented
  • Creating a personalised intervention
  • Producing an effective report for the fall
  • Developing a tailored care plan following a fall
2:15 pm
Afternoon Break
2:30 pm
How to Create a Successful Falls Prevention Strategy
  • 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
Cameron Swift
Cameron Swift
Consultant Physician
King's College London
Confirmed
3:30 pm
Feedback, Evaluation and Close

*Programme subject to change