Date: 09 Mar 2022
Time: 14:00 - 15:00
Location: Webinar

SPSP Acute Adult Webinar Series - Falls: Time for Movement

Professor Dawn Skelton, Professor of Ageing and Health (ReaCH), Glasgow Caledonian University along with Erin Walker, Practice Development Physiotherapist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde presented at this webinar.

The webinar had the following aims

  • Discuss best practice in relation to falls, frailty and deconditioning
  • Share experience of promoting an Active Wards approach in an acute hospital setting
  • Provide an opportunity for discussion and Q & A

Attendees had the opportunity to explore these topics further during the live Q&A with Professor Dawn Skelton and Erin Walker.


Professor Dawn Skelton

Dawn Skelton (FRCP Edin, Hon FCSP, M.D.h.c.) is an exercise physiologist and is currently Professor in Ageing and Health at Glasgow Caledonian University. She is an academic with a strong interest in exercise programme implementation (dose, fidelity, motivation, adherence, choice) and in encouraging less sedentary behaviour and increased light physical activity in frailer older people.

She is currently Chair of the British Geriatrics Society Rehabilitation Group and a member of the OHID National Falls Prevention Coordination Group and 4 Nations Falls Prevention Group. She Chaired the UK’s Royal Osteoporosis Society’s Statement on Exercise and Osteoporosis (2018) and the Older People panel for the UK’s update of the Physical Activity for Health Guidelines (2019). She received the British Geriatrics Society Marjory Warren Lifetime Achievement Award for her work in translating falls prevention research into practice.

Always being an advocate for research into practice, in 2003 she helped set up Later Life Training Ltd, a not-for profit company, that trains health and fitness professionals to work with effective physical activity and exercise with frailer older people.

Find out more details about Dawn Skelton here.

Erin Walker

Practice Development Physiotherapist, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Since qualifying in 2004, Erin has spent her career working within Glasgow hospitals. For the last 11 years she has been a senior physio within Older Peoples Services at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. She is the current chairperson of the Greater Glasgow & Clyde Active Wards special interest group, which have been leading improvements to reduce sedentary behaviour and deconditioning within Acute Adult In-Patient services.

Erin is currently undertaking a part-time secondment to NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde Physiotherapy Practice Development Team to continue to spread the Active Wards work board wide.