Public Sector Event

Falls Prevention And Management In Older People

Venue: ICO Conference Centre
22 Berners Street

Date: 4 Feb 2014

Synopsis: This conference focuses on reducing falls and harm from falls in the over 65’s which is a key health improvement indicator in the Public Health Outcomes Framework 2013-16, and on implementing the revised NICE Clinical Guideline for falls which were released on the 12th June 2013.

“Falling is the leading cause of injury-related admissions to hospital in the over 65, and costs the NHS an estimated £2.3billion per year...A number of falls occur in hospitals with nearly 209,000 reported between 1 October and 30 September 2012...NICE has updated its guideline on falls, to help reduce the numberof older people who are falling over in hospitals... NICE says that certain groups of inpatients should be regarded as being at risk of falling in hospital. These include all patients age 65 or older, and those age 50 to 64 years who are judged by a clinician to be at higher risk of falling because of an underlying condition such as dementia or stroke” The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, 12 June 2013 “Falls and fractures in older people are a costly and often preventable health concern. If we do not take steps now to improve the prevention and treatment of falls and fractures, the number of people affected by broken bones will rise steeply in just a few years due to the demographic changes. The cost of treating and caring for hip fractures in the UK could top £6 billion by 2036” Falls and Fractures Alliance 2013 Chaired by Dr Helen Wilson, Co-Chair of the National Hip Fracture Database and Member of the Falls and Fractures Alliance, the conference opens with an update from the National Falls and Fractures Alliance on meeting the health improvement objective relating to falls in the NHS Outcomes Framework 2013-16. The conference continues with an indepth focus on meeting the updated 2013 NICE Clinical Practice Guideline on Falls within falls and inpatient services including a focus on risk prediction and effective interventions to reduce the risk and severity of falls in hospitals. 26% of all patient safety incident reports from Oct 2011 to March 2012 were slips, trips and falls. The conference will also take a proactive approach to engaging older people in staying healthy falls prevention exercise. The afternoon will continue with case studies focusing on secondary prevention, managing falls, frailty and comorbidity, falls and mental health and managing falls and fractures in care homes. Through expert speakers and best practice case studies the conference aims to give you practical tools and ideas to improve falls prevention and management in your local practice and organisation. “We know that if we follow the evidence, we can substantially reduce the number of falls and fractures, thereby increasing health and well-being and reducing the cost to the system” Norman Lamb MP, Minister of State for Care and Support.


Kerry Tarrant Tel: 01932 429933 Fax: 020 8181 6491