Hip fracture is a serious, life-changing injury that can affect older people, and is the commonest reason for them to need emergency anaesthesia and surgery. The Physiotherapy Hip Fracture Sprint Audit (PHFSA) is the biggest ever audit of UK physiotherapy, and has implications for physiotherapists working in many settings.
Recovery from hip fracture serves as an excellent example of the challenges faced by frail and older patients, and by the multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) who seek to restore them to their previous mobility, independence and quality of life. For this reason, the Royal College of Physicians' (RCP's) National Hip Fracture Database (NHFD) and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP) collaborated in this ‘Hip Sprint’ audit in 2017.
Key findings and recommendations in this report were, where possible, mapped to NICE guidance (CG124).