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Falls Prevention and Management in Older People

Wednesday 6 December 2017
Manchester Conference Centre, Manchester

Falls Prevention and Management in Older People
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“Falls represent significant cost to trusts and the wider healthcare system, with total costs to the NHS from falls among older people alone estimated at approximately £2 billion.” NHS Improvement July 2017

“The number of people aged 65 and over is projected to rise by over 40% in the next 17 years to more than 16 million. Thirty percent of people aged 65 and over will fall at least once a year. For those aged 80 and over it is 50%. A fall can lead to pain, distress, loss of confidence and lost independence. In around 5% of cases a fall leads to fracture and hospitalisation…. Effective, planned, evidence based approaches to falls and fracture risk reduction are of key importance to the health and wellbeing of people living in our communities and those that care for them.” Professor Martin J Vernon National Clinical Director for Older People, January 2017

“Falls cause distress and harm to patients and pressures on NHS services. Evidence from the Royal College of Physicians suggests that patient falls could be reduced by up to 25 to 30% through assessment and intervention.” NHS Improvement January 2017

“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.” NICE, January 2017

This conference focuses on falls prevention and management in older people, reducing falls and harm from falls, and monitoring progress against the National Quality Standard. The conference will also discuss the NEW Quality Standard for Falls Prevention published in January 2017 as well as advice for implementing the Quality Statements in practice, and learning from National Falls Improvement Collaborative Sites.

Sessions throughout the day will focus on developing effective multidisciplinary assessment, reducing harm from falls and improving the use of post fall protocols for every patient and secondary prevention. The conference will also discuss key elements in the reduction of falls in your service including assessment of syncope and underlying health issues, developing personalized falls prevention care plans, , frailty as falls, falls prevention in acute, community and mental health settings, and improving the systems for falls monitoring and learning.

Benefits of attending

  • Network with colleagues who are working to improving falls prevention and management in older people  
  • Understand the national context including the National Quality Standard and National Falls Improvement Collaborative
  • Develop your skills and improve competence in falls prevention and management  
  • Understand how to improve reporting and learning from falls   
  • Improve your skills in the development of falls prevention and improvement programmes  
  • Examine your role within falls prevention and management
  • Learn from established in the development of multidisciplinary assessment, post fall protocols and falls prevention personalized care plans
  • Understand the impact of mental health issues, medication, syncope, comorbidity and blood pressure on falls, and how these can be mitigated
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence

"I think you need, what I call ‘binocular vision’, when you are looking at the falls phenomenon. You need to perceive that it is a threat, but also, that it is a signal. It is one of the symptoms of frailty. We need to do that because there’s evidence falls can be prevented, and we can use these signals to identify underlying health needs. We need to take the evidence that comes out of the assessment process and treat it, and deal with it. Intervention at the right time." Prof Cameron Swift, Emeritus Professor and Consultant Physician King's College London & Specialist Committee Member, Falls Prevention Quality Standard, NICE

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