Physiotherapy Hip Fracture Sprint Audit (PHFSA)

The Physiotherapy Hip Fracture Sprint Audit (PHFSA) aims to develop a detailed understanding of the physiotherapy management of patients with a hip fracture who are over 60 years of age. This information will allow for recommendations to be made which will result in improvements to service delivery and patient experience.

What we are doing

The audit's main aims are to gain an understanding of:

  • the hip fracture pathway
  • early rehabilitation- specifically mobilisation of patients within 72 hrs of surgery
  • how individual rehabilitation is planned, communicated and delivered
  • whether rehabilitation is delivered 7 days a week
  • how ongoing rehabilitation is planned
  • how the patient’s final outcome is monitored and recorded
  • understand what kind of information the patient received about the rehabilitation
  • the rehabilitation delivered
  • understanding patient discharge planning.

Funding bodies

The PHFSA was commissioned by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), and is managed by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).

Audit timeline

The data should be collected from patients who are admitted to an acute care ward post hip fracture from 1 May 2017  to 30 June 2017. The PHFSA will conclude in the rehabilitation and home/community setting on 31 October 2018.

All data will be analysed by the analytical team under the supervision of the FFFAP project manager, who will be following an analysis plan developed by the PHFSA steering group. The report – to be delivered by 30 January 2018 – will include provider level data on local performance against national benchmarks.

Who's involved


  • British Geriatrics Society
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership
  • National Osteoporosis Society
  • The Royal College of Surgeons

What we have produced

This report by the National Hip Fracture Database and the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has implications for physiotherapists working in many NHS settings.