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Falls Prevention

The NERS Community Falls Prevention Intervention provides an opportunity for patients to attend an evidence based exercise programme designed to reduce the risk of falls, led by qualified Postural stability Instructors. The scheme is based on best practice from the UK, current evidence base and operates to National Standards. The scheme has been supported by the Welsh assembly Government and Later Life training, Local Authorities, the Public Health Wales (PHW) and Local Health Boards (LHB's).

The Principal Aims of the Scheme

  • To offer a systematic and safety controlled system of referral to NERS Community Falls Prevention Intervention.
  • To offer a systematic and safely controlled system of referral to suitable independent exercise.
  • To provide safe and effective Falls Protection that complies with National standards.
  • To increase the patients strength, balance and co-ordination.
  • To increase the patients functional ability.
  • To increase the patients bone density and muscle mass.
  • To increase the patients confidence.
  • To increase the patients mental health and wellbeing.
  • To decrease the patients social isolation.
  • To increase the patients long term adherence to physical activity.

Quality Standards

  • All protocols used on the scheme represent the best known practice and meet with current National guidelines.
  • All exercise professionals operating the scheme are trained to NVQ Level 3 have a qualification that meets occupational standard D449 working with referred patients, a Postural Stability Specialist Instructor - Level 4 which is endorsed by CSP.
  • All exercise professionals are suitably insured and registered with Register of exercise Professionals (REP's).
  • The delivery of intervention is based on the 7 evidenced based components from the FaME trial (Skelton and Dinan 2001/2 - published 2005) and the OTAGO Trials (Campbell et al 2002)

This meets the recommendation of the Royal College Physicians, National Falls and Bone Health Organisational Audit Executive Summary, March 2009; 4.4.3 Does the intervention include a validated exercise programme delivered by appropiately trained healthcare professionals and/or exercise specialists: FaME and/or OTAGO+ level 4  Later Life PSI = YES The scheme is targeted at patients with a positive response to 3 or more questions on the FRAT form will identify someone at risk of Falls; and the need for assessment by Multi factorial team. 

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