Falls Prevention and Management in Older People
Monday 27 March 2017
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London
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“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
“All falls, even those that do not result in injury, can cause older patients and their family to feel anxious and distressed. For those who are frail, minor injuries from a fall can affect their physical function, resulting in reduced mobility, and undermining their confidence and independence.” Falls and Fragility Audit Programme, 2016
“Falls will be priority areas for 2016/17 as the first part of our programme on patient safety initiatives” NHS Improvement, Business plan 2016/17, July 2016
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, with Prof Cameron Swift Emeritus Professor and Consultant Physician King’s College London & Specialist Committee Member Falls Prevention Quality Standard NICE giving a national update as well as advice for implementing the Quality Statements in practice.
The conference will open with a national update from Julie Windsor Patient Safety Clinical Lead - Medical Specialties/Older People NHS Improvement who will discuss the Patient Safety Team falls prevention activities and the National Falls Collaborative, the National Falls Coordination Group including guidance for commissioners, and the Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme- preparing for the next audit round.
Sessions throughout the day will focus on key elements of the quality standard including developing 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 underlying health issues, quality improvement methodology for falls, multidisciplinary assessment, frailty as falls, falls prevention, and managing comorbidity. There will be a focus session on reducing inpatient falls and implementing the learning from the Broomfield Dignified Throne Toolkit; preventing falls in hospital toilets and bathrooms. Through expert sessions and case studies delegates will take back essential learning outcomes to change practice in their services.
“73% of trusts are still using falls risk prediction tools despite NICE advising they should be abandoned (back in 2013). This means that significant numbers of patients at risk of falls will slip through the net.”
NHS Improvement January 2017
We are also running Falls Prevention and Management in Older People on Wednesday 10 May 2017 in Birmingham.
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