In January 2017, the member organisations of the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group (NFPCG), hosted by Public Health England, published the ‘Falls and fracture consensus statement: supporting commissioning for prevention’. This was aimed at local commissioners and strategic leads with a remit for falls and bone health and detailed key interventions, approaches to commissioning and commitments for national support.
PHE has now published an accompanying ‘Falls and fracture consensus statement: resource pack’ which is available on the same webpage as the consensus statement here. The resource pack is aimed at commissioners and strategic leads, but it will be of use to anyone working in this area.
The pack contains:
- Extra information on the consensus statement key interventions including evidence of cost and clinical effectiveness.
- Links to an extensive selection of documents and tools including commissioning support resources, relevant clinical guidance and quality standards, research and policy documents and patient information.
- An additional section on frailty given the links between falls and frailty at patient, service and strategic levels.
- Suites of indicators that can be chosen for local collection.
- A handy commissioner’s checklist with the recommendations from both documents in RAG checklist form.
Daniel MacIntyre, PHE and chair of NFPCG, will be discussing the resource pack in a NHS England webinar on falls and the routine identification of frailty in the GP contract co-presented with David Bramley, NHS England, and Dr Shelagh O’Riordan, Consultant Community Geriatrician at Kent Community Trust, taking place between 2.00pm and 3.00pm on Tuesday 18th July.
If you require further information about the ‘Falls and fracture consensus statement: resource pack’ or if you would like to receive further falls and fracture information and resources from the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group, please contact PHE or Daniel MacIntyre (07842545804).
Later Life Training are delighted that two of qualifications (PSI and OEP), based on evidence based published interventions, are recommended in this guidance document.
Current members of the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group are: Age UK; Association of Ambulance Chief Executives; Association of Directors of Public Health; British Geriatrics Society; British Society for Rheumatology; Care and Repair England; Centre for Ageing Better; Chartered Society of Physiotherapy; Chief Fire Officers Association; College of Occupational Therapists; College of Podiatry; College of Paramedics; Glasgow Caledonian University; National Osteoporosis Society; NHS England; NHS Improvement; Public Health England; Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents; Royal College of General Practitioners; Royal College of Nursing; Royal College of Opthalmologists; Royal College of Physicians (Falls and Fragility Fractures Audit Programme); Royal Pharmaceutical Society; University of Manchester