Course Profile

Course Profile: Falls Prevention (Half Day)
The consequences of a fall can not only diminish the quality of life for the person but can result in death. This informative and interactive aims to provide a range of strategies in terms of prevention and management of falls. The subject is set against a background of more general awareness; focusing on a range of issues related to the subject.
The course is informed by SCIE, NICE, AGE UK, RCN, DoLS, CQC Outcomes and Person Centred principles. The course is set in the context of the Care Act (2014), supports the Social Care Commitment and will help organisations meet the CQC Fundamental Standards.
The course provides some knowledge for
NHS KSF:  Core 3.2, HWB 3.2, 3.3, 5.2
Care certificate: 3.2 a-c, 5.2b, 8.1b, 13.4a
QCF: HSC026, 027, DEM211, 2002, 2028
The course is designed for people working at all levels within services providing care/support for people who are vulnerable.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course learners should understand:

  • The importance of falls prevention
  • How a fall can lead to serious injury and life threatening complications
  • The emotional and social impact on the individual- what it might be like to be vulnerable and fall
  • The incidence and statistics
  • The organisation's and workers' responsibility and the potential for litigation
  • The reasons why Older People might fall, particularly those with Dementia
  • Common effects on the individual of medication used in Dementia
  • The extrinsic and intrinsic risk factors of falls
  • The purpose of specific falls risk assessments and reviews
  • The true meaning of observation and acting within the appropriate time frame
  • The specific impact of visual impairment on falls
  • The impact of dehydration on the incidence of falls and SCIE Guidance
  • The outcomes of the Anglia Water hydration study and how to encourage people to drink
  • A range of strategies to prevent falls
  • Moving and assisting mobility implications of someone falling
  • NICE guidelines and their implementation
  • What is restraint and the implication of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • The need to promote independence and balance risk against choice…..what is an acceptable risk?
  • The impact of medication and particularly polypharmacy on the balance and risk of falls
  • How to promote and sustain mobility and balance
  • The actions required by staff if they find a person has fallen and what should follow
Training methods utilised include: Discussion, Care pathways, PowerPoint, Group work, Pairs work, Trainer presentations, Handouts