The aim of the SPSP Acute Adult Falls Improvement Programme is to reduce the number of falls and falls with harm to support improved experience and outcomes for people in acute care. The work is important as it will look to protect the health, wellbeing and safety of people when accessing healthcare services in Scotland.
A fall in hospital can be devastating. The human cost of falling includes distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence and increased morbidity and mortality. Falling also affects the family members and carers of people who fall, and can have an impact on health and social care costs.
Case studies - June 2018
In 2018, the Acute Care Team adapted its approach in supporting boards to reduce falls in hospital and undertook a series of case studies. The key aim was to explore and understand the factors that may be influencing successes in NHS boards who were reporting an improvement in the rate of falls and falls with harm. Thereafter, the falls driver diagram and change package were reviewed and updated.
Click here to access the Driver diagram, change package and measurement plan.
Click here to access the case studies report.
Resources and downloads
- Useful links
- Tools and materials
- Events and presentations
SPSP Acute Adult Webinar Series
Managing Delirium to prevent Falls - 21 April 2021
Dr Lucy McCracken, Clinical Lead for Older People, Healthcare Improvement Scotland, and Consultant Geriatrician and Clinical Director for Older People and Stroke Services, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde presented on:
- Discuss best practice for assessment of delirium in the acute hospital setting, and
- Share her experience of managing delirium within a COVID-19 context.
Mhairi MacKinnon, Senior Charge Nurse, NHS Highland, presented on:
- Share her ward experience of reducing falls by implementing an improvement project on prevention of delirium in older adults.
Networking day - 30 May 2018
This Networking day in Glasgow set out to allow delegates to hear about the findings from a series of case studies undertaken with boards and discuss the next steps for improvement activity around falls.
NHS board flash reports
Prevention of falls Networking day - 13 September 2017
This Networking day in Glasgow set out to allow delegates to share the successes and challenges around the improvement work and learn about opportunities to improve outcomes and experiences for patients.
National overview (PDF)
NHS Lanarkshire - Wishaw General Hospital (PDF)
Event flash report (PDF)