The Falling standards, broken promises report is based on the findings of the national audit of falls and bone health in older people 2010.
The audit was commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) and carried out by the Royal College of Physicians’ Clinical Effectiveness and Evaluation Unit (CEEU) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP). 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.
The findings are significant given the scale of the problem:
There is real urgency to ensure effective assessment and management for people who fall and in the very least to ensure evidence-based fracture liaison services are established in all trusts.