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The Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) is a national clinical audit run by the Royal College of Physicians designed to audit the care that patients with fragility fractures and inpatient falls receive in hospital and to facilitate quality improvement initiatives.
Commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and delivered by the RCP, FFFAP has four overarching aims:
- To improve outcomes and efficiency of care after hip fracture.
- To improve services in acute and primary care to respond to first fracture and prevent second fracture.
- To improve early intervention to restore independence.
- To work in partnership to prevent frailty, preserve bone health and prevent accidents in older people.
The care that patients receive is measured through a number of elements that run in parallel within the programme.
Elements of the programme
The audit is comprised of the following three workstreams.
National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD)
The NHFD collects data on all patients admitted to hospital with hip fractures and improves their care through auditing which is fed back to hospitals through targeted reports.
For more information visit the NHFD website.
Fracture Liaison Service Database (FLS-DB)
The FLS-DB aims to evaluate patterns of assessment and treatment for osteoporosis and falls across primary and secondary care.
National Audit of Inpatient Falls
This audit measures compliance against national standards of best practice in reducing risk of falls within acute care.
Contact the FFFAP team
020 3075 1619
- British Geriatric Society
- British Orthopaedic Association
- Health and Social Care Information Centre
- National Osteoporosis Society
- The Falls and Fractures Alliance
- The Royal College of Surgeons
Improving Falls Care event 4 June 2015
After the success of our first Improving Falls Care event last year, FFFAP held a second event in Birmingham. The day featured sessions on the three FFFAP workstreams and an overview of CareFall, an e-learning tool for junior doctors on the prevention and management of falls in hospital. All presentations and videos for which we have been granted permission to publish are available to download below. They include:
- Falls: National guidance and drivers
- FallSafe and CareFall
- Has the NHFD made a difference?
- The NHFD reports (secondary prevention)
Improving Falls Care event 20 November 2014
On 20 November 2014 the FFFAP programme held a joint event with the launch of the CareFall e-learning tool. The day featured sessions on the three FFFAP workstreams and the launch of CareFall, an e-learning tool for junior doctors on the prevention and management of falls in hospital. The presentations from the day are below.
For further information about CareFall please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated on: 29 June 2015