Falls are a common and serious problem estimated to cost the NHS more than 2.3 billion per year, not to mention the human cost of falling and the impact this has on the patient and family members.
What we are doing about it
Through our Improvement Academy we have developed a robust framework in which to undertake this safety improvement. Current evidence shows that multi-component interventions are effective in reducing falls, including tailored bedside signage, advice on footwear and toileting schedules. Our Improvement Academy team provides expertise, support and learning in areas such as team safety culture, improvement science and measuring for improvement.