Fracture Liaison Service Database (FLS-DB)

The Fracture Liaison Service Database (FLS-DB) is a new national audit commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP). The FLS-DB is included in the HQIP 2015/16 listing for national audits that must be reported both in the trust’s Quality Account and also form part of the National Clinical Audit Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP).

What we are doing

The FLS-DB will comprise of two national audit components – a Facilities audit and a Patient audit. The Facilities audit aims to profile the structures and policies of services which identifies patients at risk of osteoporosis and falls (whether or not they badge themselves as an FLS) in order to create a detailed national picture of how secondary prevention is being delivered.

This will be followed in 2016 with a national roll out of the FLS-DB patient audit of secondary prevention based on a continuous data collection of a minimum common dataset. To be eligible to participate in the Patient audit component you need to have a Fracture Liaison Service: a service that systematically identifies eligible patients aged over 50 years who have suffered a fragility fracture and treats or refers them to appropriate services with the aim of reducing their risk of subsequent fractures.

The patient audit component of the FLS-DB will be launching in January 2016  - please see our preperation page for more information. 

Contact flsdb@rcplondon.ac.uk to express interest in taking part in the audit.

What we have produced

As part of an ongoing quality improvement plan for the NHS the Fracture Liaison Service Database (FLS-DB) will be launching for all fragility fractures diagnosed from 1 January 2016. The confirmed 2016 dataset is now available to download.

People with low bone density and a tendency to fall are at risk of a fragility fracture and those who sustain one such fracture are at high risk of another.

The FLS Champions Network was initially set up as part of the FLS-DB and led by the RCP and is now managed by the National Osteoporosis Society (NOS).