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Falls Prevention & Management in Older People: Reducing Falls and Harm from Falls

Thursday 23 May 2019
The Studio Conference Centre, Birmingham

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“Falls and fractures in older people are a costly and often preventable health issue. Reducing falls and fractures is important for maintaining health, wellbeing and independence amongst older people.” Public Health England June 2018

“We will work on falls and fracture prevention, where we know that a 50% improvement in the delivery of evidence-based care could deliver £100 million in savings.” NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England January 2019

“Integrated primary and community teams will work with people to maintain their independence: for example, 30% of people aged 65 and over, and 50% of those aged 80 and over, are likely to fall at least once a year . Falls prevention schemes, including exercise classes and strength and balance training, can significantly reduce the likelihood of falls and are cost effective in reducing admissions to hospital.” NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England  January 2019

“The total cost of fragility fractures to the UK has been estimated at £4.4 billion which includes £1.1 billion for social care; hip fractures account for around £2 billion of this sum…short and long-term outlooks for patients are generally poor following a hip fracture, with an increased one-year mortality of between 18% and 33% and negative effects on daily living activities such as shopping and walking… falls in hospitals are the most commonly reported patient safety incident with more than 240,000 reported in acute hospitals and mental health trusts in England and Wales” Public Health England June 2018

“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

This conference focuses on falls prevention and management in older people, reducing falls and harm from falls. Sessions throughout the day will focus on developing effective personalised multidisciplinary assessment, reducing harm from falls and improving secondary prevention. The conference will also discuss key elements in the reduction of falls in your service including underlying health issues, developing personalized falls prevention care plans, frailty as falls, falls prevention, and improving the systems for falls monitoring, investigation and learning. The conference will have an extended case study focus on rapid response falls services, providing intervention in the patients home and avoiding hospital admission.

“Many of us might assume that hospital is the safest place to be – but in reality many patients would be much better off being cared for in the community. And the longer a patient stays in hospital the more it costs the NHS and the more pressure is put on its hardworking staff. This needs to change. ..The new approach we’re setting out today will mean more people can leave hospital quicker, or avoid being admitted in the first place – which is better for patients and better for the health service.” UK Government , November 2018

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 increased focus on rapid response to falls
  • Develop your skills and improve competence in falls prevention and management
  • Understand how you can better involve patients in falls prevention
  • Reflect on the patient experience of falls
  • Improve your skills in the development of falls prevention and exercise programmes
  • Examine your role within falls prevention and management
  • Learn from established in the development of multidisciplinary assessment, post fall protocols and falls prevention
  • Improve secondary prevention of falls through the integration of falls management & fracture liaison services
  • Understand the practicalities of setting up and  running a rapid response falls service
  • Learn from best practice in dementia, delirium and falls prevention
  • Update your knowledge on national developments in reducing deconditioning
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain CPD accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence
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