Falls Prevention Network

Older couple working in the garden

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:

Join up

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!

Partner up

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:

  • Birmingham
  • Blackburn-with-Darwen
  • Brighton
  • Bristol
  • Cumbria
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • Northamptonshire
  • Rushmoor (Hants)
  • Sandwell and Southend-on-Sea.

You can read more about each of the partners in the summary of partners.

Speak up

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.

Train up

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.

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 amartin@rospa.com.

Resources

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.


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