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News and updates from today's Falls conference in Manchester

Chaired by Prof Cameron Swift Emeritus Professor and Consultant Physician King’s College London & Specialist Committee Member, Falls Prevention Quality Standard NICE, opens the confernece with a welcome and introductions.

Zoe Packman Head of Professional Development NHS Improvement, delivers a presentation on 'The National Falls Improvement Collaborative' covering lessons from the the National Falls Collaborative Head of Professional Development NHS Improvement.

Zoe comments: "National Reporting and learning systems show that there were 246,00 inpatient falls in 2015.
The Falls collaberative aims to encourage falls away from mainly nursing or patient safety issue
The cost of these falls to hospitals alone could be as much as £634m.
The foundations to the collaberative is mapping the current process
How to share good practice - Document your work and share it widely"

Zoe's presentation abstract: Falls cause distress and harm to patients and put pressure 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. During 2017 NHS Improvement (NHSI) facilitated a 90 day programme, involving 19 volunteer trusts, to improve the management of falls in an inpatient setting.
NHSI wanted to use the programme to re-energise the falls prevention improvement movement and ensure that providers had the information, skills and tools to reduce injurious inpatient falls and improve reporting and care. We supported trusts taking part in the collaborative to adopt improvement methodologies and create a learning community for them to discuss the changes they implemented and to share their findings. 

Outcomes of this session:

•    How to improve quality of care through change.
•    How improvement science methodology can support to ‘measure and improve’.
•    How to enhance the improvement culture and empower staff at all levels to engage in change.
•    How to generate and share good practice
•    Reflections on the process by NHSI
•    How to access support from NHSI

Zoe's biography: Zoë was appointed as Head of Professional Development in June 2016 prior to which she was Director of Nursing and Quality London Ambulance Trust. She is responsible for nursing talent management & leadership, NHSI Nursing link to the regulators and service improvement

Since training as a Nurse in the 1980s Zoë has worked in a number of acute and community trusts in the UK and abroad.  More latterly as the Deputy Director of Nursing and Interim Director of Nursing at St George’s Healthcare and Director of Nursing at Croydon Health Services. Furthermore she is an Honorary Senior Clinical Fellow at Kingston University and St George’s University of London

In addition to her Nursing qualifications Zoë holds a post graduate diplomia in Management Studies and a Masters in Interprofessional healthcare. Her particular interests are colorectal nursing, quality of care, professional development & patient experience

Prof Cameron Swif continues with a session on 'Assessment and prevention before and after falling: The 2017 Quality Standard update for Falls in Older People' discussing: 

• the quality standard for falls assessment and secondary prevention in older people: where are we now?
• the new Quality Standard for Falls Prevention
• implementation challenges and successes
• monitoring progress against the national standard
• meeting the Quality Statements in practice

Prof Cameron Swif's biography: Cameron Swift is a physician and clinical pharmacologist, Emeritus Professor of Health Care of the Elderly at King’s College School of Medicine, London, a former Chair of the Editorial Board of Age and Ageing and former President of the British Geriatrics Society.  He served for 6 years on the Committee on Safety of Medicines and was a member of the UK Medicines Commission from 2001-5.  As Physician to the DOH External Reference Group for the England National Service Framework for Older People, he chaired the Working Party for Standard 6 (Falls & Fractures).   Subsequently he served on the NICE Clinical Guideline Development Group (GDG) for Falls Prevention (CG24/161; 2004/2013), and has been Chairman of the NICE GDG, & subsequent Quality Standard Topic Expert Group for Hip Fracture (CG124, QS86)(2011, 2012).  He remains involved as an expert member in current updates of NICE guidance (2014) and Quality Standards (2016-17) on both of these topics.


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Friday 2 March 2018, London

Hip Fracture Summit 2018
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Falls Prevention Summit 2018: Reducing Inpatient Falls & Harm from Inpatient Falls
Wednesday 23 May 2018, Birmingham

6 December 2017


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