Falls

Falls remain a common cause of harm to patients in acute hospitals with as many as 250,000 falls recorded in the UK each year. 

Many factors contribute to the risk of falls in acute wards. A combination of processes which include risk assessment falls bundles, review of local environment and the use of safety crosses help to understand and communicate data which contributes to a measurable reduction in harm.

Driver diagram

Falls case studies June 2018

During the first 3 months of 2018, the Scottish Patient Safety Programme – Acute Adult (SPSP-AA) team visited four NHS boards who were reporting an improvement in the rate of falls and falls with harm in their acute hospitals. The purpose of these visits was to undertake case studies to explore and understand the factors that may be influencing these successes. The learning has been shared with other NHS boards and supported the revision of the falls diver diagram and change package.

Falls case studies report

Falls remain a common cause of harm to patients in acute hospitals with as many as 250,000 falls recorded in the UK each year.

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 to explore the factors contributing to successes in reducing falls and falls with harm.
  • Discuss next steps for improvement activity around falls.
  • Explore falls reduction in the person-centred context of maintaining bone health, mobility, cognitive and psychological wellbeing.
  • Understand the impact of communication, education and multidisciplinary team working for falls reduction across the patient journey.

Flash report

Presentations

Falls Case Studies

Sit Less, Move More Professor Dawn Skelton

Bone Health Kirstie Stenhouse

NHS board flash reports

NHS Fife

NHS Highland

NHS Tayside

NHS Lanarkshire

13 September 2017

This Networking day in Glasgow set out to allow delegates to:

  • Share the successes and challenges around the improvement work
  • Learn about opportunities to improve outcomes and experiences for patients
  • Network with colleagues

Presentations

National overview (PDF)

NHS Lanarkshire - Wishaw General Hospital
 (PDF)

Flash report (PDF)

30 August 2016

This event in Edinburgh set out to allow teams from across NHS Scotland to:>

  • Hear about different approaches to reducing falls in NHS Scotland
  • Learn from the successes and challenges in sustaining improvement in other NHS boards
  • Share tools and materials developed locally by other teams
  • Increase the networks of front line teams, engaging with colleagues in other NHS boards

Presentations

Falls Prevention – Translating Evidence Base in to Practice (PDF)

Learning from a QI project to reduce falls in a Care Home (PDF)

An introduction to QI (PDF)

Additional materials

University Hospitals Birmingham - Special enhanced care (PDF)

University Hospitals Birmingham - Non-invasive blood pressure Images from the day can be found here

Flash report (PDF)