Category Archives: Older People Safety

ENGLAND: FALLS AND FRAGILITY FRACTURES POPULATION HEALTHCARE PROGRAMME LAUNCH

Public Health England launched the Falls and Fragility Fractures (FFF) Population Healthcare Programme at an event held 4 December in London.

The Programme, involving partnership work between Public Health England, the ‘Better Value Healthcare’s FFF Population Healthcare Programme’ and local stakeholders, aims to support service improvement through the collection and sharing of evidence based outcome data.

 

ENGLAND: NICE GUIDANCE AND RESEARCH ON PREVENTING FALLS IN OLDER PEOPLE

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has updated the ‘Clinical Knowledge Summary’ on falls risk assessment and the ‘falls in older people pathway’, and also signposts on-going research .

CLINICAL KNOWLEDGE SUMMARY: http://cks.nice.org.uk/falls-risk-assessment#!topicsummary

FALLS IN OLDER PEOPLE PATHWAY: http://pathways.nice.org.uk/pathways/falls-in-older-people

ON-GOING RESEARCH:   https://www.evidence.nhs.uk/topic/falls

 

 

UK: TAKE HEAD INJURIES SERIOUSLY AND TREAT QUICKLY, SAYS NICE

Children and adults who suffer a head injury should be taken straight to a hospital with resuscitation facilities to avoid potentially serious complications, including disability or death, says NICE.

In an update to existing guidelines, NICE stresses the importance of early detection and prompt treatment for head injuries. Patients who have suffered a head injury but also begin to show particular signs that the injury may be serious or potentially life-threatening, such as seizures, fracture skull or loss of consciousness, should be given a CT brain scan within one hour.

THE FALLS AND FRACTURES DECLARATION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The National Osteoporosis Society and Age UK have launched theFalls and Fractures Declaration, a collaborative response to the changes and reforms within the NHS. This declaration is the result of a commitment from the National Osteoporosis Society and Age UK to reducing hip fractures and falls related inju-ries in older people over the next 5 years.

PROTECTING AN AGEING POPULATION FROM RISK OF FIRE IN THE HOME

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Chief Fire Officers Association (CFOA) have launched a new National Older Persons Strategy which aims to provide guidance and support to fire and rescue services and their partners to enable them to rise to the challenge of keeping older and more vulnerable members of the community safer from the risk of injury and death as a result of fire in the home.

AGENDA FOR LATER LIFE 2012 REPORT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

This Age UK report is an annual audit of how public policy is meeting the challenges of an ageing society against five key indicators: work and learning; finances; travel and lifestyle; health and wellbeing; and home and care.

STRATEGY TO PREVENT FALLS AND FRACTURES IN IRELAND’S AGEING POPULATION

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2008

The Health Service Executive, Department of Health and Children and National Council on Ageing and Older people have jointly prepared a strategy to “Prevent Falls and Fractures in Ireland’s Ageing Population”. Falls and fractures in older people can be prevented and this strategy outlines a range of measures that should assist older people to avoid falls, and to protect them from the more serious consequences of a fall or fracture.

THE STRATEGY FOR OLDER PEOPLE IN WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

This strategy for Wales aims to provide a framework for future polices and programmes reflecting the needs of an ageing society. Many issues are highlighted in this document about how government at all levels affects older people and their lives. The need to improve services for older people such as health, housing, social services, transport is recognised and the strategy will help to confront discrimination against older people, tackle stereotypes of old age and improve the engagement with and participation of older people in our communities.

KEEP WELL THIS WINTER – THE CONTRIBUTION OF LOACL AUTHORITIES AND THEIR PARTNERS

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

This is a Wales-wide campaign that aims to provide information and support to people aged 65 and over to enable them to stay fit and healthy through the winter months. The partnership approach of the campaign is its key feature, in which the Welsh Assembly Government works with local government, statutory agencies, and organisations in the voluntary and community sectors to promote the messages of the campaign. This document provides the background to the themes of the campaign and ideas for local authority involvement.

OSTEOPOROSIS AND FRACTURE PREVENTION STRATEGY FOR WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2003

This Osteoporosis and Fracture Prevention Strategy will assist and inform Local Health Boards (LHBs) working with the NHS trusts and social services to address the rising tide of osteoporotic fractures in particular, reducing bed blockage. This approach emphasises the prevention of osteoporotic fractures through the promotion of a healthy active life and the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis. The NOS strategy uses an evidence-based approach and links to national priorities, making it a wonderful example of joined-up thinking.

NATIONAL SERVICE FRAMEWORK FOR OLDER PEOPLE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2001

This National Service Framework is the first ever comprehensive strategy to ensure fair, high quality, integrated health and social care services for older people. It is a 10 year programme of action linking services to support independence and promote good health, specialised services for key conditions, and culture change so that all older people and their carers are always treated with respect, dignity and fairness.