[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 10, May 2012].
This Briefing (No.234) from the NHS Confederation and the Ambulance Service Network summarises the findings and recommendations from a workshop on falls prevention strategies for the elderly. This document aims to assist the NHS and local government to adopt new approaches when considering the commissioning, and the provision, of comprehensive and integrated falls prevention services.
The prevention of falls, and early intervention through joint working, are thought likely to benefit the health and social care system as a whole by reducing costs and improving outcomes. Multi-disciplinary intervention programmes are considered effective. The NHS Commissioning Board, clinical commissioning groups and local authorities should in future work together to ensure that falls and fracture services are integrated across community, primary care, social care and specialised health services.
NHS Confederation (2012). Falls prevention: new approaches to integrated falls prevention services. London: NHS Confederation [and] Ambulance Service Network (ASN) Community Health Services Forum, April 2012. NHS Confederation Briefing, Issue 234.
NHS report calls for joined up plan to cut falls by elderly. London: BBC Health News, May 10th 2012.