Falls are the leading cause of accidental death in older people. They not only have devastating consequences to the quality of life for those who suffer them but also lead to strains on the NHS, local authorities and social services. It is in everyone's interest to consider effective falls prevention techniques.
RoSPA's 2017 National Home Safety Congress will consider new approaches and good practice in the safety of older people in the home environment, from core principles of valuing quality of life to evaluating the effectiveness of strategies and programmes. The Congress will benefit anyone who works with older people or who is involved in strategic planning for in injury prevention.
Chair: Errol Taylor, Deputy Chief Executive, RoSPA
09:30 Registration, refreshments and exhibition
10:00 Welcome and introduction from the Chair
10.05 National Falls Prevention Coordination Group and the falls and factor consensus statement
Daniel MacIntyre, Population Health Services Manager, Public Health England
The consensus statement sets into context the scale of the falls problem and calls for "A collaborative and whole system approach to prevention and treatment" in all local areas.
This will include redesigning services, monitoring and governance and combined interventions around risk assessment, case finding, improving strength and balance through exercise, healthy homes, better liaison and collaborative care.
Daniel will cover all aspects of the consensus statement and how this can be used in your local area
10:30 The role of Ageing Better our work around suitable homes and home adaptations
Claire Turner, Interim Director of Evidence, Centre for Ageing Better
The Centre for Ageing Better helps people have a better later life by understanding what works and by making change happen. Over the next five years we want to help more people enjoy a good later life. We are working on a range of topics that matter to people as they enter later life.
10:55 Fire as a Health Asset: our role in improving the public's health
Paul Burton, Elderly Prevention Lead, Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service
Using Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service's knowledge of prevention techniques to support local Health services
STEER (Safety Through Education and Exercise for Resilience) course
Falls Prevention Champions
11:20 Refreshments, networking and exhibition
11:40 Falls Prevention and Management in Scotland; making it everybody's business
Anne Murray, Falls Programme Manager, Active and Independent Living Improvement Programme
The aim of the national falls programme has been to support every Health and Social Care Partnership area in Scotland to have a local integrated falls and fracture prevention and management pathway in operation by 2016.
The 'Up and About' multiagency pathways spans supporting active ageing, health improvement and self-management of falls and fracture risk, identifying people at high risk of falls and fractures, responding to a person who has fallen and requires immediate assistance and co-ordinated support and care for those at highest risk.
The national programme has contributed to achieving this aim by co-creating a vision and a framework for action for Scotland, supporting a network of community falls leads, delivering national projects in a 'do once for Scotland' approach and facilitating the sharing of good practice, learning and experience.
12:05 Stand up, stay up
Ashley Martin, Public Health Project Manager, RoSPA will provide an update on Stand Up Stay – Taking the rise out of falls, a three year programme funded by the Department of Health and managed by RoSPA. Local partners will showcase the falls prevention work they are doing and there will be opportunities to discuss new approaches to preventing falls. Continues this afternoon.
12:40 Lunch, networking and exhibition
13:40 Exercise for Falls Prevention: Past, present and future
Dawn Skelton, Professor in Ageing and Health
We have had nearly two decades of research on exercise to prevent falls
We now know the dose, the balance challenge and the approaches to effective falls prevention and motivation to adhere to such programmes
Services in the UK have not yet fully grasped the evidence base but we are getting there!
14:05 A 'Trip' Through the Re-Design of Walsall Falls Prevention Services
Nicola Morris, Public Health Programme Support Officer
What our residents had to say about our falls services and gaining insights from older people in Walsall
An increased emphasis on prevention and introducing a pre-retirement population element to our falls prevention service
Walsall's new Falls Prevention Service in action
14:30 Refreshments, networking and exhibition
14:50 Reducing sarcopenia and improving wellbeing in frail older adults
Dr Allison Smith, Head of Strategy and Development, Royal Voluntary Service
This presentation sets out recent findings from a pilot – May to December 2016 – conducted by the Royal Voluntary Service in partnership with Move it or Lose it!
This focussed around two days of intensive training in chair-based resistance exercises
Allison will cover all aspects of this pilot and present the findings
15:15 Stand up, stay up
Further presentations from local partners and discussions on new approaches to falls prevention.
15:50 Closing remarks from the Chair and conference close
The 2017 Home Safety Congress returns to Birmingham!
It will be held at The Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport which is conveniently located for road, rail and air travel connections.
Telephone: 0871 663 9007
Getting to the event
Birmingham International Airport( BHX)
Distance: 1.5 MI/2.41 KM EAST to Hotel
Complimentary Shuttle Available
Taxi Charge (one way): £6.50
From Airport turn right onto Concorde Road, turn right onto Vanguard Road. At roundabout take 1st exit onto Airport Way, following signs for Birmingham A45 & Solihull A4438. Next roundabout take 2nd exit following A4438, next roundabout take 2nd exit A4438, next roundabout take 3rd exit for A45 Birmingham. At traffic lights, sign posted Cargo Centre, turn right onto Terminal Road, hotel on right
Station Name:Birmingham International Railway Station
Distance: 1.5 MI/2.41 KM NORTH EAST to Hotel
Complimentary Shuttle Available
Taxi Charge (one way): £8.00
No need to drive as the hotel provides a courtesy bus shuttle to and from Birmingham Internation Railway Station, from where you can walk to the NEC or take the free mono rail service directly into Birmingham International Airport. Shuttle times - 5:30am-11am every 30 minutes, 11am-1pm every hour, 3pm-11.15pm every 30 minutes.
There is a free of charge shuttle bus, which runs to and from both Birmingham International Airport and train station. Details to be confirmed.
Who Should Attend?
The event is aimed at anyone who works with children and young families or involved in strategic planning for child injury prevention. It is also relevant to injury prevention and home safety practitioners, public health officers, fire service staff, council officers from within children's services, housing, adult social care, environmental health and trading standards teams, third sector and charity workers with an interest in home safety for older people and children in particular.
Past attendees include:
Home safety officers
Accident prevention officers
Primary care teams
Environmental health officers
Fire prevention managers
Home check officers
Home improvement agencies
Safety product managers
If you are part of Stand Up, Stay Up please contact the events team on 0121 248 2090 or firstname.lastname@example.org for a discounted rate
Early day delegate rate:
Member £50 +VAT
Non-member £55 +VAT
Standard day delegate rate:
Member £60 +VAT
Non-member £65 +VAT
Early booker rate ends on February 1st, 2017.