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The Falls and Fractures Alliance

The Society of Radiographers has joined the Falls and Fractures Alliance in England, which was launched on 16 October 2012.

A joint initiative by the National Osteoporosis Society and Age UK, the Alliance will work together to prevent falls and fractures and, specifically, reduce the rate of hospital admissions for hip fractures and falls-related injuries among older people.

Members of the Alliance have all signed the Falls and Fractures Declaration. This is a series of commitments that all Alliance members have signed up to, with the aim of achieving these goals.

The list of organisations that have signed up to the Alliance is being added to regularly. To view the most current list, click here.

Each member of the Alliance has drawn up an action plan which outlines the work it commits to undertake in the next five years.

The Society has pledged to publicise the campaign through its various communication channels. It will also provide guidance, advice and support to the radiography workforce to promote good practice related to the prevention of hip fractures, falls and falls-related injuries.

Teamwork is at the heart of the Society’s plan and it has committed to work with other health care professionals and its Patient Advisory Group to inform its strategy and to promote the work of the Falls and Fractures Alliance.

On 22 October 2013 the Falls & Fracture Alliance met to discuss an integrated pathway for Falls and Fractures. The inaugural meeting included representatives from across clinical care, social care and public health and included Christina Freeman, Professional Officer, SCoR. 

FLS is recognised as the best practice model for preventing recurrent fractures. The FLS Clinical Standards set out, for the first time, the core standards that every FLS should meet to ensure patients are identified, investigated, informed and where appropriate receive interventions which are integrated with primary care and are supported by a framework of quality – the 5IQ approach.
The Standards were developed by an expert authoring group, led by the National Osteoporosis Society and have been endorsed by 9 major professional bodies including the following FFA members: British Geriatric Society, British Orthopaedic Association, British Society for Rheumatology, Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, Royal College of Physicians and Royal Pharmaceutical Society.
Health professionals can also compare their local services to the Standards using our 7 minute, “Yes” / “No” FLS Standards Survey.
The survey will help build a basic picture of the quality of secondary fracture prevention services across the UK.
This online training course aims to enable Fracture Prevention Practitioners (FPPs) to deliver excellent health care using nationally agreed best practice standards to people with or at risk of osteoporosis and fragility fractures throughout the UK. This is the only course of its kind that provides the underpinning knowledge required to deliver best practice; competencies are being developed to provide assurance of this.
The course has been developed by leading experts in the field of osteoporosis and has been reviewed by a number of leading practitioners across the UK. In addition, it has been reviewed by clinical experts affiliated to the National Osteoporosis Society.
The training itself is open-access, although there is a £50 charge to take the final assessment and secure accredited certification.
The toolkit has been developed with support from professional and public bodies, to support commissioners and health professionals improve the care they provide to people with osteoporosis and fragility fractures.
The toolkit contains a suite of fully editable templates that take some of the hard work out of establishing a new Fracture Liaison Service or developing an existing one.

The key to the Alliance’s success would be to focus on those declaration statements that were most closely allied to the Outcomes Frameworks and NICE Guidelines. A strong health promotion message and focus on the Public Health agenda. The work  of the Health and Wellbeing Boards would have real potential for the care of the frail and elderly.

For further informationabout the Falls and Fractures Alliance,  see National Osteoporosis Society website where you will also find a link to the Public Health Outcomes Framework for 2013-2016.

Age UK guidance

Age UK have just published a new 'expert series guide' on falls prevention exercise which aims to distil the evidence and show how it can be put into practice. You may find this of interest and can find it here.

College of Occupational Therapy Falls Guideline has been launched. Many thanks to Lisa Field, Consultant Radiographer, The Mid Yorkshire NHS Trust for contributing to the guidance which is available here



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