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Fracture Liaison Services

Friday 17 May 2019
De Vere West One Conference Centre, London

Fracture Liaison Services
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“There are over 300,000 fragility fractures in the England and Wales every year in patients aged 50 years and over. This includes 66,668 hip fractures and 70% survive at least a year with one in two needing to start using walking aids and one in five having to move to a care home setting. This has a life-changing impact on the patient and their family, as well as presenting a burden to health and social care.” Royal College of Physicians November 2018

“A fracture liaison service (FLS) aims to reduce the risk of subsequent fractures by systematically identifying, assessing, treating and referring to appropriate services all eligible patients aged 50 and over who have suffered a fragility fracture.” Fracture Liaison Services Annual Report, Royal College of Physicians December 2018

“One in two women over the age of 50 will break a bone. And once they’ve broken that bone, they instantly become twice as likely to break another. These are startling figures, but don’t even scratch the surface of the devastating physical, emotional and financial impact broken bones have on older people, their families and the NHS. With an ageing population and demands on the NHS only growing by the day, Fracture Liaison Services (FLS) are helping to provide better care for patients…. When working well, national coverage with FLS will be expected to prevent 54,000 fractures after 5 years. This will make a signicant dent in the 300,000 fragility fractures suffered every year by patients over the age of 50, and will have a massive impact on patients' lives, their families, as well as the NHS and society.” Dr Kassim Javaid, clinical lead for the Falls and Fracture Fragility Audit Programme (FFFAP) Royal College of Physicians December 2018

“Having a fragility fracture identifies a patient at risk of another fracture and each patient needs to be assessed for their risk of osteoporosis and falling. Those assessed to be at high risk must be offered effective interventions to reduce their risk of future fractures.” Fracture Liaison Services Annual Report, Royal College of Physicians December 2018

“To provide the fracture prevention care the NHS should deliver, more FLS need to be introduced and FLS need to improve. They need to become more effective, efficient and provide care with excellent patient experience. Effective secondary fracture prevention should become routine, so every eligible patient is tested and treated.” Dr Kassim Javaid, clinical lead for the Falls and Fracture Fragility Audit Programme (FFFAP) Royal College of Physicians December 2018

“There is clearly a long way to go until this is embedded in practice all across England and Wales.” Dr Kassim Javaid, clinical lead for the Falls and Fracture Fragility Audit Programme (FFFAP) Royal College of Physicians December 2018

This conference focuses on developing high quality Fracture Liaison Services to ensure effective evidence based secondary prevention of fractures is implemented in practice.

This conference will enable you to:

  • Network with colleagues who are working to set up and improve Fracture Liaison Services (FLS)
  • Learn from outstanding practice in secondary fracture prevention
  • Reflect on national developments and learning from the National Falls and Fracture Fragility Audit Programme
  • Improve the way services are set up and run
  • Develop your skills in case finding and identification of patients with fragility fractures
  • Understand how you can improve integration with falls services, falls assessment and falls prevention
  • Learn from services that are delivering effective FLS
  • Identify key strategies for treatment of osteoporosis including monitoring and adherence to medication
  • Ensure you are up to date with the latest developments in FLS
  • Self assess and reflect on your own practice
  • Gain cpd accreditation points contributing to professional development and revalidation evidence


100% of delegates at our previous conference on this subject would recommend it to a colleague

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