Falls and Fractures

This programme of work seeks to embed all elements of falls prevention and fractures pathway into practice across the region.

There are several components to the programme that integrates across care settings:

  • Living Well to Older Age (health promotion and primary prevention)
  • Community & Primary Care
  • In-patient & Hospital Care
  • Care Sector

We will showcase examples of best practice and profile current service improvement and research initiatives across the region.   We aim to identify gaps and opportunities to improve population health outcomes in the region. The programme will create an environment for learning and for us to disseminate our findings throughout the other AHSN regions.

The current project work in our programme aims to disseminate best practice in the prevention and management of fractures and falls. The hip fracture and fragility fracture project uses active case finding methodologies to proactively manage high-risk patients for primary prevention of fragility fractures. A further project which helps to prevent infection following surgery for hip fracture promotes the adoption of high dosage antibiotic cement which significantly reduces infection rates.

Programme Resources

The following resources provide an overview of the programme:

The Academic Health Science Network for the North East and North Cumbria is doing some great work in the area of Bone Health in collaboration with CCGs, GP Federations, Interface Clinical Services (ICS), Kyowa Kirin and Lilly within the North East and North Cumbria, with some fantastic results.  Please refer to the following presentation and audit flyer below for further information:

To find out more about the Falls and Fractures Programme please contact the Programme Lead, Helen Ridley: h.ridley@ahsn-nenc.org.uk