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Setting up and running an Effective Falls Service

Friday 21 October 2016
Hallam Conference Centre, London

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“Falls are a major concern for patient safety and a marker of care quality. A significant number of falls result in death or severe or moderate injury, at an estimated cost of £15 million per annum for immediate healthcare treatment alone” NHS England 2015

 

“Falls and fall‑related injuries are a common and serious problem for older people, particularly those who have underlying pathologies or conditions. Falls are a major cause of disability and the leading cause of mortality resulting from injury in people aged 75 and older in the UK.People aged 65 and older have the highest risk of falling. Around 30% of adults who are over 65 and living at home will experience at least 1 fall a year (approximately 2.5 million people in England). This rises to 50% of adults over 80 who are either at home or in residential care. Most falls do not result in serious injury, but annually approximately 5% of older people living in the community who fall experience a fracture or need hospitalisation... The human cost of falling includes distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence and mortality. Falling also affects the family members and carers of people who fall. Falls are estimated to cost the NHS more than £2.3 billion per year" NICE

 

This conference focuses on setting up and running effective falls services and falls clinics. Through national updates, practical case studies and extended in depth sessions the conference will look at what excellence in falls services looks like, setting up and running an effective falls service, improving referrals, developing proactive preventative programmes such as exercise and balance training, delivering the individual multidisciplinary assessment, medication assessment, meeting the psychological needs of those who have fallen, developing links between community and acute falls services including in-reach and out reach, understanding the relationship between falls and syncope, developing your skills in RCA, and measuring and monitoring the quality of your falls service.

 

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