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The Falls and Fractures Alliance
The Society of Radiographers has joined the Falls and Fractures Alliance in England, which was launched on 16 October 2012.
A joint initiative by the National Osteoporosis Society and Age UK, the Alliance will work together to prevent falls and fractures and, specifically, reduce the rate of hospital admissions for hip fractures and falls-related injuries among older people.
Members of the Alliance have all signed the Falls and Fractures Declaration. This is a series of commitments that all Alliance members have signed up to, with the aim of achieving these goals.
Click here to view a copy of the Falls and Fractures Declaration.
The list of organisations that have signed up to the Alliance is being added to regularly. To view the most current list, click here.
Each member of the Alliance has drawn up an action plan which outlines the work it commits to undertake in the next five years.
The Society has pledged to publicise the campaign through its various communication channels. It will also provide guidance, advice and support to the radiography workforce to promote good practice related to the prevention of hip fractures, falls and falls-related injuries.
Teamwork is at the heart of the Society’s plan and it has committed to work with other health care professionals and its Patient Public Liasion Group to inform its strategy and to promote the work of the Falls and Fractures Alliance.
Click here to download a copy of the Society of Radiographers’ action plan.
On 22 October 2013 the Falls & Fracture Alliance met to discuss an integrated pathway for Falls and Fractures. The inaugural meeting included representatives from across clinical care, social care and public health and included Christina Freeman, Professional Officer, SCoR. Download a report of the day here.
The key to the Alliance’s success would be to focus on those declaration statements that were most closely allied to the Outcomes Frameworks and NICE Guidelines. A strong health promotion message and focus on the Public Health agenda. The work of the Health and Wellbeing Boards would have real potential for the care of the frail and elderly.
For further informationabout the Falls and Fractures Alliance, see National Osteoporosis Society website where you will also find a link to the Public Health Outcomes Framework for 2013-2016 click here.
Age UK guidance
Age UK have just published a new 'expert series guide' on falls prevention exercise which aims to distil the evidence and show how it can be put into practice. You may find this of interest and can find it here.
College of Occupational Therapy Falls Guideline has been launched. Many thanks to Lisa Field, Consultant Radiographer, The Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust for contributing to the guidance which is available here.