RoSPA Home Safety Congress 2017

Taking the Rise out of Falls

March 16, 2017 - Holiday Inn Birmingham Airport

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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 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 Reaching consensus on falls prevention
Daniel MacIntyre, Population Health Services Manager, Public Health England

  • Falls are a major issue facing older people and health and care services
  • A consensus statement has recently been published outlining a 'whole' system approach to falls prevention
  • Priorities for prevention

10:30 A suitable home in later life: the role of aids and adaptations
Claire Turner, Director of Evidence, Centre for Ageing Better

  • An introduction to the Centre for Ageing Better
  • An overview of the key domains of a good later life and the role housing plays
  • The role of aids and adaptations: drawing on evidence and ideas

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
Ann 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, Glasgow Caledonian University

  • 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, Walsall Council

  • 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.


Coventry Road
B26 3QW

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
    • Time by Taxi: 5 minutes
  • 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
  • Health visitors
  • Primary care teams
  • Environmental health officers
  • Housing officers
  • Fire prevention managers
  • Police officers
  • Home check officers
  • Housing associations
  • Home improvement agencies
  • Elected members
  • Safety product managers
  • Community practitioners

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Conference exhibitors

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Hampshire Fire and Rescue Services' Fire as a Health Asset (FHA) project team is responsible for overseeing and delivering prevention initiatives in the health arena, the implementation of medical response and the co-responding partnership with South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS).

We aim to transform traditional approaches to prevention using upstream courses and activities for older people, utilising fire and rescue professional capacity on a large and sustainable scale.

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If you are part of Stand Up, Stay Up please contact the events team on 0121 248 2090 or for a discounted rate

Standard day delegate rate:
Member £60 +VAT
Non-member £65 +VAT

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