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Physios urged to contribute to NICE consultation on quality standard for falls

5 November 2014 - 4:10pm

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) wants physiotherapists to contribute to its draft quality standard for falls in older people.

Falls in older people

Physios working with older people can contribute to the consultation using the email address below

CSP professional adviser Carley King said: ‘This is a real opportunity to influence the final version of this NICE quality standard and help ensure the highest standard of care for older people with a history of falls.’

The draft document says that older people with a history of falls should be referred to experts, such as physiotherapists, who can provide them with strength and balance training.

It sets out a series of priorities to ensure that older patients who have fallen receive a comprehensive assessment and support to prevent them falling again.

These include that:

  • NHS organisations with inpatient beds must have easily accessible ‘post-fall’ protocols.
  • Older people with a history of falling should see an expert who will help them start exercises to build up their muscle strength and improve balance.
  • Older people who receive hospital treatment for a fall should be offered a visit from a trained professional who can check their home for anything that puts them at risk of falling again.

The consultation opened on 5 November and the CSP is calling on members to contribute to its response by emailing comments to: guidelines@csp.org.uk before 28 November. Please put ‘Falls quality standard’ as the subject.

‘Physiotherapy is a cost and clinically effective intervention for falls prevention. So it is important we ensure that this quality standard reflects all that physiotherapy can offer,’ said Ms King.

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