The Falls Workstream has been contracted since 2015 to deliver the first National Audit of Inpatient Falls (NAIF), a clinically led, web-based audit of inpatient falls prevention care in acute hospitals in England and Wales. NAIF aims to improve inpatient falls prevention through audit and quality improvement.
Round 1 of the National Audit of Inpatient Falls took place in 2015. The first report showed data on nearly 5,000 patients aged 65 years or older across 170 hospitals, and reviewed how well hospital trusts and local health boards prevent inpatient falls in England and Wales, which are set against the NICE guideline (CG161) on falls assessment and prevention.
In order to help sites use their audit results for quality improvement we ran two quality improvement events and the presentations are available to download. We have also collated other resources to help with quality improvement, including:
Following Round 1 of the National Audit of Inpatient Falls the advisory group and partners worked together to developed two tools to help to standardise fall prevention in hospitals:
The audit is funded through the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and is carried out by the Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit (CEEU) of the Royal College of Physicians.
The audit criteria are be based on NICE guidance on falls assessment and prevention (2013) and delirium (2010) and National Patient Safety Agency(NPSA) guidance on the prevention and management of inpatient falls. Participation in this audit and results will be communicated to HQIP and will also be shared with other statutory bodies, including the Department of Health.