28 Jan, 20219:30 am-3:30 pm
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 dementia and mental health issues
  • 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


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
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
10:45 am
11:00 am
How to Prevent Falls in Older People with Dementia and Mental Health Needs
  • Analysing how falls are significantly more likely to occur for older people with mental health issues and dementia
  • Considering how to improve stimulation of older people with dementia during Covid-19 and prevent cognitive decline
  • Discussing how fall prevention intervention should be tailored for older people with mental health concerns
  • Developing multifactorial assessments for older people with mental health needs
  • Implementing and delivering effective strategies to prevent falls among older people with mental health issues in hospital, care home and hospice settings
Amanda Thompsell
Amanda Thompsell
Old Age Psychiatrist
South London & Maudsley NHS Trust and Chair of the Faculty of Old Age Psychiatry, Royal College of Psychiatrists
11:45 am
Successfully Reducing Falls in a Clinical Setting
Successfully Reducing Falls in a Non-Clinical Setting
  • Sharing an insight into how Oakdale Ward developed a new strategy to significantly reduce falls in elderly patients
  • Holding ‘safety huddles’ wherein all ward staff, including doctors, occupational therapists and nurses, met daily to discuss patients at risk of falling
  • Discussing how to develop a joined-up approach to preventing falls across different teams , resulting in improved communications and more rapid and effective interventions
  • Outlining how this resulted in a 70% reduction in patient falls within a year, including two 40-day periods with no falls, and an overall reduction in length of patient stays in the hospital
Carmel Lister
Carmel Lister
Falls Prevention Co-ordinator
Harrogate District Hospital
  • Collaborating with the local NHS Trust to measure and reduce the number of falls in the care home
  • Implementing a Falls mapping process, which highlighted trends in times and locations of falls, enabling greater use of resources to respond to higher risk situations
  • Discussing how to effectively train staff to identify fall causes and record falls data in a meaningful way
  • Highlighting how this led to a 50% reduction in the number of falls in a six month period
Ashley Baird
Ashley Baird
Home Manager
Baily Care Home
12:30 pm
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
3:30 pm
Feedback, Evaluation and Close


For group discounts and enquiries about your registration please contact us on 020 3770 6580 or enquiries@insidegovernment.co.uk