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CSP’s falls tool helps secure £400,000 grant

9 July 2015 - 4:57pm

The CSP’s falls prevention economic model was ‘invaluable’ in securing a £400,000 grant for an exercise programme run by Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care.

CSP’s falls tool helps secure £400,000 grant

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The CSP resource enables members to work out the likely number of falls in their area and how much they could save the local NHS by preventing them.

Senior specialist physiotherapist Emma Hanley works for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust’s community rehab and falls team. She told Frontline: ‘It really helped us to confirm the local demographic figures about the numbers of falls suffered and the varying degrees of severity. And actually it would have been really hard to establish that data ourselves.’

The exercise programme for people at risk of falls had been delivered by Southwark and Lambeth Integrated Care, a network of local GPs and trusts, since September 2013. It was an enhancement to an existing falls pathway. But when the programme’s officials had to apply for fresh funding in January 2015, they turned to the CSP’s falls tool.

They needed to create a business case and combined data from the CSP’s falls tool with other data.

These included local costs of hip fractures, outcomes data about patient benefits and positive client feedback.

The funding enabled Ms Hanley and her colleagues to continue the programme of exercise classes across the two London boroughs until at least the end of 2015.

She said all the therapists involved in creating and submitting the funding bid had found the process fascinating.

‘You really have to prove that your service is working and you have to have the numbers behind you,’ she said. ‘It’s not enough to have clients saying “oh yes, I think it’s great, I really love it”; you need to have the evidence to support your case. And I think the CSP tool really helped us to do that.

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