The Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP).
Who we are
The Patient Panel is a group of 10 patient and carer volunteers who support the Falls and Fragility Fractures Audit Programme (FFFAP).
Established in October 2018 in partnership with the Royal Osteoporosis Society (ROS), the role of the Panel is to bring the patient and carer perspective to the overall FFFAP Programme each of its workstreams:
- Fracture Liaison Services Database (FLS-DB)
- National Audit of Inpatient Falls (NAIF)
- National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD)
Patient Panel members sit on each of the FFFAP Advisory Groups as well as the Programme’s Scientific and Publication’s Committee. They review and provide comment on areas of work with a specific focus on:
- the importance and relevance of the data that is collected to patients and the public
- the methodologies used to collect and analyse data
- the reports and other outputs that are produced using the data, with emphasis on those designed for the public
- quality improvement initiatives led by FFFAP
- the development and future direction of Falls and Fragility Fracture audits.
Our aim is to put patients at the centre of quality improvement.
I strongly believe that, through meaningful involvement of patients and carers, the lay person can have a voice in shaping safer and ever more patient centric services in the future.
Learning from experience
There is a lot of evidence that meaningful patient engagement not only improves patient experience and satisfaction, but can also make services more effective. All major policy drivers make it clear that we must carry on embedding good practice in patient experience and engagement in all that we do. So that the views of patients and the public are heard and inform decision making.
With this aim in mind, the Patient Panel provides an influential platform on which members can discuss their experiences as a patient or carer, identify areas for improvement and inform a variety of guidance and resources.
I can honestly say it is a privilege to chair the FFFAP Patient Panel. The Panel members are knowledgeable about the problems faced by patients and their families as they have all had experience either personally or through a family member of a fragility fracture. Passionate about improving care for those affected by such fractures yet at the same time realistic and practical about how this might be achieved. This dedicated group is constantly developing new ideas to help improve the patient journey, from ensuring early diagnosis of osteoporosis following a fragility fracture to accessing readily available information on what to expect for those on a hip fracture care pathway.