Falls Prevention Network
Being part of Stand Up, Stay Up offers practitioners across England the opportunity to be part of a national falls prevention network.
Many areas already have falls prevention strategies, while others are developing them. By supporting links between different areas, Stand Up, Stay Up aims to tackle the rising number of people requiring hospital treatment as the result of a fall.
Evidence shows clearly why we need to embed and further develop falls prevention services:
More than 282,000 people over the age of 65 were admitted to hospital in England after a fall in 2014/15
Around 70,000-75,000 hip fractures occur in the UK each year
Falls are the leading cause of accident-related mortality in older people across the UK
The annual cost for all hip fractures in the UK, including medical and social care, is about £2 billion
Falls can reduce the number of disability-free years and destroy confidence, leading to loneliness, isolation and a loss of independence.
Stand Up, Stay Up, which is running from 2016-2019 and is funded by the Department of Health, aims to bring together all those working to prevent falls among older people. The greater the participation, the more effective it will be.
The programme has four strands:
Any organisation working to prevent falls among older people can register to become a falls prevention partner. Registering not only gives partners access to resources and a regular newsletter, but also discounts on RoSPA's one-day City and Guilds accredited Older People Safety in the Home course and RoSPA's 2016 National Home Safety Congress, which is focusing on falls prevention.
A wide range of partners who are involved in preventing falls among older people have registered to be part of Stand Up, Stay Up and we are grateful to them for their commitment to the network. You can find out who they are in the Local Partners list.
For more information about getting involved, please see our Invitation to Falls Prevention Network.
If you're ready to register, please complete and submit the Registration Form.
You can register at any time during the three years of the project, but the earlier the better to access the full benefits!
Ten local project partnerships will run during the programme, in areas with high public health outcome indicators for falls. We will support the partners' work in falls prevention, helping them to put it at the heart of their strategic development and deliver long-term change. Over twenty applications were received and the ten partner areas selected are:
Hammersmith and Fulham
Sandwell and Southend-on-Sea.
You can read more about each of the partners in the summary of partners.
We encourage partners to promote their services, so local people can be more aware of the risk of falls and what falls prevention services are available to them.
We also encourage them to tell us about their services, as well as any sources of information or guidance they've found useful, so we can share that information with other partners.
You can read about some of the work of our network members below:
A varied programme of speakers and demonstrations featured in the Care Home Excellence event, bringing together local partners in Bolton to focus on falls prevention. Organised by AgeUK Bolton, topics included the use of computer games to improve strength and balance, the importance of footwear and dealing with issues around eyesight. Practical demonstrations of Tai Chi kept delegates on their toes and the session ended with delegates making pledges to improve falls prevention in their care homes.
Falls prevention is part of the Bolton Locality Plan. The variety of partners involved in the programme includes Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service, Bolton GP Federation, Bolton CCG, NHS, Bolton Council and new partners such as Red Ninja!, a technology company who are developing a falls risk assessment tool called Safe Steps.
Stand Up, Stay Up encourages partners working in falls prevention to ensure that their staff or volunteers who have day-to-day contact with older people or their families are properly trained.
RoSPA's City and Guilds accredited Older People Safety in the Home training, for example, increases participants' skills and knowledge to recognise the main risk factors for falls and provide advice and support.
Independent evaluation under way
Merida Associates have come on board as external evaluators for the Stand Up, Stay Up programme. The aim of the programme is to establish the public message that falls can be prevented and are not an inevitable part of ageing and the team from Merida will be assessing our progress towards achieving that aim.
They will be visiting all of the 10 local partnership areas, meeting stakeholders, delivery partners and older people to hear first-hand from them about the exciting community interventions being trialled through Stand Up, Stay Up and how local Falls Prevention strategy groups are developing.
Merida are also keen to hear from Stand Up, Stay Up network members to gather your views on how the network is working so far and your ideas for how it could develop further. Please take a couple of minutes to complete this short survey of only nine quick questions and have your say.
New data project launched
RoSPA has invited partners and network members to contribute to a common dataset by providing details of your strength and balance interventions.
Collecting common data across the partnership areas and wider Stand Up Stay Up network would enable us to:
Build a national picture in relation to strength and balance provision and its impact on falls prevention
Maximise the impact of the Stand Up Stay Up programme across the local partnerships and network members
Give local partners and network members a stronger database with which to plan and make the case for future investment into falls prevention
Strengthen the argument for strength and balance activity as a key component of falls prevention plans and programmes
Provide a clear picture of what is being delivered and how it makes a difference
Add to evidence of how strength and balance programmes help to increase confidence and reduce fear of falling.
How the programme will work
We are asking participant organisations to provide data from their strength and balance classes that they run between May and December 2018. We want to follow progress of these programmes from beginning through to completion and see if we can provide a picture of the overall levels of improvement among participants.
All data will be completely anonymised and we are not asking for any patient sensitive information.
The core data elements are described in the documentation which can be found here. Many of these elements will be data that providers already collect and so hopefully this will not add significantly to the workload involved in the process. However, bringing this data together will help to strengthen the evidence for the effectiveness of strength and balance exercise in reducing falls and the fear of falling.
If you want to know more about the project or are interested in contributing data please contact email@example.com.
Want to know more?
If you need further information about being part of Stand Up, Stay Up, please contact:
Ashley Martin, RoSPA's public health project manager, on firstname.lastname@example.org.
The consensus statement and resource pack are key documents that will help to drive falls prevention work over the next few years. RoSPA is a member of the National Falls Prevention Coordination Group who have published this work. It provides information that is critical in supporting the Stand Up Stay Up programme.
A new resource highlighting links to key falls prevention resources and websites is available below. It's not exhaustive but provides a useful starting point. We'd love to receive information from you about any resources or sites that should be added to future editions.
RoSPA and the Royal College of Emergency Medicine (RCEM) have produced a joint factsheet detailing how we can reduce pressure on A&E and improve healthy ageing by preventing falls among older people.