What is the consultation?
NICE is in its consultation period for its draft quality standard on “Falls prevention”. The key standards of the guidance are as follows, but do take a look at the whole document if you would like further information.
Summary of standards
Statement 1. Older people are asked about falls when they have routine reviews or health checks with primary care services, if they are admitted to hospital, and in regular conversations with their community healthcare and social care practitioners.
Statement 2. Older people at risk of falling are offered a multifactorial falls risk assessment.
Statement 3. Older people assessed as at risk of falling receive an individualised multifactorial intervention
Who is this information aimed at?
NICE consultations are appropriate for physiotherapy staff at all levels to get involved with. This particular quality standard is likely to be of more interest to physiotherapy staff working across multiple settings with mid-life to older people, or with an interest in public health.
Why should I get involved?
This is your chance to influence what national guidelines say about priority areas for quality improvement in a particular area. Not only does this provide you with an opportunity to make your professional opinion heard, but this acts as a valuable CPD opportunity.
This activity can be used to evidence meeting a variety of HCPC and CSP standards including:
- “Be able to demonstrate effective and appropriate verbal and non-verbal skills in communicating information, advice, instruction and professional opinion to service users, colleagues and others” HCPC standard 8.1
- “Understand the following aspects of clinical science: the specific contribution that physiotherapy can potentially make to enhancing individuals’ functional ability, together with the evidence base for this” HCPC standard 13.8
- “Recognise their role as advocates for the physiotherapy profession” CSP Code 2.3.2
- “Collaborate with colleagues within and across settings, sectors and professions in the best interests of service users” CSP Code 3.4.1
You can use the CSP workbook on “connecting with the CSP” to help you make the links between how this activity has contributed to your personal and professional development, and link this to the HCPC and CSP standards.
How do I get involved?
The CSP is a registered stakeholder to provide input into this quality standard and are keen to gather member responses to NICE.
If you would like to read the draft of this quality standard and provide your professional opinion as to its content, please have a read of the summary above, or visit the full document. You can use a feedback form to send your comments to the CSP. We will use your comments to inform the profession wide response.
How will my response be used?
As a stakeholder, we can only submit one response. Therefore, any comments you send us will be used alongside all of the other comments received to help inform the overall CSP response.
For some pointers on responding to a consultation like this, take a look at our Top 10 tips for responding to consultations.