Reducing harm associated with falls

Falls prevention is a complex issue crossing the boundaries of health and social care, public health and accident prevention. The vision of NHS England falls prevention programme is to reduce harm from falls without compromising dignity, independence and rehabilitation.

Inpatient falls are the most commonly reported patient safety incident with over a quarter of a million falls in acute and community hospitals and mental health units in England reported to the National Reporting and Learning System annually.

Falls are a major concern for patient safety and a marker of care quality. A significant number of falls result in death or severe or moderate injury, at an estimated cost of £15 million per annum for immediate healthcare treatment alone (NPSA, 2007).

The falls prevention programme aims to reduce harm from falls by:

  • Raising awareness of relevant resources
  • Supporting local leaders and frontline staff to reliably implement best practice
  • Support commissioning bodies to plan and monitor services for safer care
  • Creating a ‘virtuous circle’ of local and national learning from reported falls incidents
  • Developing materials for staff education.

How can I get practical support with falls prevention?

Don’t struggle alone! Join in with our friendly national falls network discussion forum*. No question too big or small. Someone will be able to help.

There is also a network of falls contacts in each region, you can access their contact details here*.

* Note: To access the national falls network discussion forum or the regional contacts list, you need to be registered with the Patient Safety First website community*.

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How can I keep up to date with falls prevention evidence into practice?

Sign up to ProFouND (Prevention of Falls Network for Dissemination).

ProFound is an EC funded initiative and community of interest dedicated to the dissemination and implementation of best practice in falls prevention across Europe

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