Falls Prevention Resource Pack (RCP’s FallSafe Project)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 12, July 2012].


Over 280,000 patient falls occur in hospitals and mental health units annually, costing approximately £15 million per annum. Most persons falling in hospitals are over 75 years of age and have multiple long-term conditions (such as dementia) and acute illnesses.

The FallSafe Project was part of the Health Foundation’s “Closing the Gap Programme”, which aimed to reduce the gap between best practice and routine standards of care. It showed that falls can be reduced by 20-30% using multi-factorial assessments and interventions.

The FallSafe Project recommends supporting acute, rehabilitation and mental health nurses to deliver multi-factorial assessments and interventions through a “care bundle” approach.

“The main mechanism of improvement was supporting a designated nurse – a FallSafe Lead – to lead local improvement on their own wards, influencing not only the ward nurses and healthcare support workers but also their physiotherapist, occupational therapist, pharmacist, and medical colleagues”.

Read more: Educating and empowering nurses to prevent falls on hospital wards. Royal College of Physicians.

The “Falls Prevention Resource Pack” comprises this care bundle, the FallSafe Project final report, and “How to…” guides. This resource pack, compiled by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), includes a collection of quality improvement measures for assessing the impact of the number of falls on hospital wards. The pack offers numerous suggestions regarding the implementation of best practice for the prevention and management of falls.

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RCP (2012). Falls Prevention Resource Pack. London: Royal College of Physicians (RCP), July 2012.

Constituent components comprise:

Counter-Intuitive Evidence? There’s Many a Slip…

Counter-intuitive evidence following FallSafe implementation raises questions about uncritical adoption of the bundle. The author offers reasoned recommendation for caution against over-zealous use:

Full Text Link


D’costa, DF. (2016). The Royal College of Physicians’ Fallsafe care bundles applied trustwide: the Northumbria experience 2013. Clinical Medicine. April 2016, 16: 208.

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