The national audit of falls and bone health was a programme of work which examined the organisation and commissioning of services provided to older people for falls prevention and bone health, the clinical care delivered to people that have fallen and fractured a bone and patient’s experiences of fall services.

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National audit of falls and bone health

The national audit of falls and bone health in older people was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes (NCAPOP). Organisational audits were carried out in 2005 and 2008. A clinical audit was carried out in 2007.

In 2010 both an organisational and clinical audit were performed together as part of the falls and bone health audit programme. Information on nearly 10,000 patients came from all NHS Acute Trusts, or equivalent, in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as Primary Care Organisations, Mental Health Trusts and a sample of care homes.

Patient and public involvement work

As part of the series of audits of services for falls and bone health in older people, the RCP carried out a number of projects which focused on patient involvement. The projects were developed to gather patient’s experiences and opinions of the services they received.

Report of the 2011 inpatient falls pilot audit

This large-scale pilot audit focused on falls prevention for inpatients, and the care provided following an inpatient fall. It aimed to test the feasibility of auditing falls prevention and post-falls care in hospital settings: acute hospitals, community hospitals and mental health units by looking at staffing, policies and the reporting of falls. It also examined the clinical care patients received through bedside observation and case note review. The 2011 inpatient pilot audit report is now available to download.

Last updated on: 17 February 2014

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