Introducing the falls and fractures programme

Written by Jill Mitchell on 9th March 2015

It’s a privilege to be working with the AHSN supporting the Falls and Fractures programme across the North East and North Cumbria.  The programme recognises that the agenda to support falls prevention and ageing well spans organisations and truly relies on an integrated approach to care delivery.  Whether we work in community settings, hospital settings or with the voluntary sector we all have a role to play in making a significant impact on a vulnerable population group who may be at risk of falls or fracture.

I think we have a unique culture in the region where our frontline healthcare professionals, in their own unassuming way, get on and do really good innovative work to support the delivery of high quality and safe care.

I was humbled recently to be invited to the Regional Falls Network group to talk about the AHSN programme.  I met a range of multi-disciplinary professionals from across the region who were passionate about improving patient care and were real ambassadors for their organisations.  There was a real sense of collaboration and sharing of best practice across healthcare teams and organisations and a real sense of frontline leadership in action.

In the spirit of facilitation and collaboration we have an opportunity to utilise the programme to showcase all of the excellent work going on across our region but also to develop and share ideas about how to improve quality of care and enhance patient safety.  We will showcase case studies through our redesigned website and facilitate sharing through stakeholder events.

One of our projects adopted a primary prevention approach to the identification of patients at risk of fragility fracture.  We aim to extend this work across groups of GP practices in the region and will be making a call for primary care collaborators to work with us on this in early April.

We are delighted to be collaborating with Yorkshire & Humber AHSN to deliver the first Falls Summit due will take place on 16 March 2015 in Leeds.

If you’d like to showcase a local project as a case study, we’d love to hear from you.