Additional programme information - Falls

Please find additional information about the programme below.  



Falls improvement work is a core element of the Scottish Patient Safety Programme.


Partner organisations

  • NHS Boards,
  • Scottish Government and
  • HIS colleagues


Programme history

2022 – onwards
Improvement support to NHS boards involved in the SPSP Acute Adult Collaborative and development of associated learning system. For more information, visit our Teams channel.

2021 – 2022
Established SPSP Acute Adult Falls Improvement Network comprised of clinical and quality improvement partners and launched SPSP Acute Adult Collaborative with a focus on falls and deteriorating patient

2020 -2021
Co-design work with NHS boards to establish scope of falls improvement programme and development of change package. For more information, visit our Collaborative programme page.

Falls improvement work paused due to COVID-19


Evaluations and measures of success

NHS boards submit quarterly outcome data on the following measures. These are collated into a national report also published quarterly

  • Rate of falls per 1,000 occupied bed days
  • Rate of falls with harm per 1,000 occupied bed days


National aims for SPSP Acute Adult falls

By March 2024

  • Reduce inpatient falls by 20%
  • Reduce inpatient falls with harm by 30%


Equality impact assessment

To ensure everyone can benefit regardless of their characteristics or where they access care, we completed an Equality Impact Assessment. This highlights key equality issues that were considered and any actions we took in relation to them.