Best Practice In Falls Prevention Management
In All Healthcare Services

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 25th April 2018

Falls are one of the leading causes of injury-related death in people over 75 and other vulnerable service users, which can be a massive cost factor for the HSE and private sector service providers.

The conference sessions and case studies will give delegates essential take aways and learning outcomes to change practice in your services for the better going forward.

6 CEU Points Certified By the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

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6 Structured CPD Points

This conference will update delegates on Quality Standards for Fall’s and implementation in practice at a local level. Sessions will focus on developing post fall protocols for every patient and secondary prevention. We will also discuss key elements to help reduce falls in your organisation including underlying health issues, falls and mental health, medicines management, comorbidity and managing falls in the over 85s.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Opening Remarks by  Conference Chairperson:
Una Dunne Shannon, Physiotherapy Manager/Project Manager Fracture Prevention Strategy, Our Ladys Hospital, Manorhamilton


Legal Principles surrounding slips, trips and falls
Speaker: Sharon Dillon Lyons, Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

  • The Legal responsibilities of the Occupier/Service Provider
  • The general hazards associated with trips and falls
  • Specific Hazards in Healthcare Context , such as Patient Handling
  • Statutory Duties and Preventative Measures to take
  • Steps to be taken if a fall occurs – limiting legal liability


Risk Assessment & Implementing Quality Standards in Practice
Speaker: Richard Holmes, Quality & Safety Project Manager for Policies, Procedures, Protocols & Guidelines, Saolta University Health Care Group

  • Risk Assessment in Healthcare
  • Patient Falls; recurring themes
  • After Action Review; Investigation and management of a patient fall
  • Standards for Clinical Practice Guidance; Development of falls policies
  • A Falls Prevention Network in an Acute Hospital Group


Q&A Session with panel of speakers


Coffee Break


Identifying falls as an indication of underlying health issues
Speaker: Roman Romero-Ortuno, Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

  • Falls and frailty: lessons from complex systems
  • Polypharmacy and falls – is frailty a mediator?
  • Improving the multifactorial understanding of falls and blackouts
  • Multifaceted interventions for falls: how many falls can we prevent?
  • Recommendations for good practice within falls services to manage underlying health issues
  • Medical conditions that increase risk of falls (eg. Parkinsons)

Falls – Mental Health & Dementia Patients

  • Why are people with dementia at higher risk of falls
  • Assess and managing falls risk
  • Reducing falls in dementia patients


Falls & Medicine Management
Speaker: Dr Nick Flynn, Minor Surgery Clinic, Hollyhill Medical Centre

  • Understanding which medicines can contribute to falls
  • High risk medication and medication monitoring – experiences discussed
  • What is a medication review?
  • Polypills, polypharmacy and our aging population.


Group panel session & Q&A


Lunch and chance to network


Preventing Fractures- a Holistic Approach
Speaker: Professor Tahir Masud,  Nottingham University Hospitals, UK;  President-Elect, British Geriatrics society

  • Secondary Fracture Prevention in older adults
  • Do  osteoporosis drugs work in the older patients?  
  • Evidence base for falls prevention in the older population
  • Multifactorial versus Unifactorial approach to falls prevention
  • The cardiovascular drugs and falls  dilemma


HSE Falls Quality Standard & NICE guidelines – Falls & Fracture Prevention Programme
Speaker: Gareth Clifford, Quality & Patient Safety Office, Acute Hospitals, HSE (Formerly Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist/Falls Prevention Coordinator).

  • HSE and NICE standards Meeting the quality statements and standards
  • Medical conditions that increase risk of falls eg. parkinsons
  • Clinical guidelines and standards
  • How to assess a patient
  • How to intervene


Q&A Session


Conference Close

This conference will be of interest to all healthcare professionals with special responsibility for falls prevention in nursing homes, hospitals, hospices, day care centres, rehabilitation centres, primary care centres and any healthcare services public or private with risk of falls and in need of precautionary measures.

There will be 6 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service. 6 CEU Points Certified By the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Ireland (NMBI)

Dr Roman Romero-OrtunoDr Roman Romero-Ortuno

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Roman is a Consultant in Care of the Elderly in the Department of Medicine for the Elderly (DME) of Addenbrooke’s Hospital (Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust).

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He is also an Honorary Visiting Fellow to the Clinical Gerontology Unit (Department of Public Health and Primary Care, University of Cambridge).

Dr Nick Flynn

Dr Nick Flynn

General Practice & Minor Surgery Clinic, Hollyhill Medical Centre

Dr Nick Flynn is a GP partner in Hollyhill Medical Centre and is Medical Director of Union Quay Medical Centre and Global Travel Vaccinations.

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He has been practicing as a GP in Cork for over 15 years. Dr Flynn is a trainer with the Cork Post Graduate Training Scheme, a tutor for undergraduate medical students in UCC and is actively involved with the ICGP. He has worked as a GP in Cork prison, in Tabor lodge drug treatment centre and provides GP services to prisoners for An Garda Síochana. His areas of clinical interest are preventative medicine, office based surgery, travel medicine and substance abuse.

Gareth Clifford

Gareth T. Clifford, MSc

Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist/Falls Prevention Coordinator Quality & Patient Safety Directorate, St. Vincent’s University Hospital

Gareth is a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and Falls Prevention Coordinator in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, having previously worked in St. James’s Hospital.

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He has extensive experience in rehabilitation of the older person and stroke rehabilitation and holds a MSc in Neurology & Gerontology from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland. He is currently a member of the Monitors and Measures work stream of the National Falls & Bone Health Implementation Group (AFFINITY). Gareth is a member of the SVUH Falls & Fracture Prevention Committee and leads on developing strategies and processes to integrate best evidence-based practice of falls and fracture prevention into the normal care given by staff to patients.

Sharon Dillon Lyons

Sharon Dillon Lyons

Barrister-at-Law, The Law Library

Sharon Dillon-Lyons is a practising barrister with a broad civil law practice and a particular interest in Data Protection and Freedom of Information.

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Sharon lectures in DIT, Dorset College and Public Affairs Ireland where she co-presents on the Freedom of Information training course. She has previous experience in the non-governmental sector where she worked in a policy and compliance role. A graduate of NUI, Galway and King’s Inns, she was called to the Irish Bar in 2010.

Professor Tahir MasudProfessor Tahir Masud

Consultant Geriatrician & Professor, Nottingham University Hospitals, UK;  President-Elect, British Geriatrics society

Professor Masud trained at Christ Church, University of Oxford and St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London.

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After postgraduate training in London and Newcastle-Upon-Tyne and a Research Fellow post in St Thomas’ Hospital, London he took up a position of Consultant Physician in General and Geriatric Medicine at Nottingham in 1994.

Richard HolmesRichard Holmes

Quality & Safety Project Manager for Policies, Procedures, Protocols & Guidelines, Saolta University Health Care Group

Richard is the Quality & Safety Project Manager for the Policies, Procedures, Protocols and Guidelines Project in the
Saolta University Health Care Group, having previously worked in Mayo University Hospital as the Quality & Patient Safety

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He has experience of incident and risk management in the acute hospital setting and of facilitating and authoring
a number of serious incident systems analysis reviews. He is currently lead facilitator of the Saolta University Health Care
Group Falls Prevention Network. Richard is the Group lead for streamlining priority Policies, Procedures, Protocols and
Guidelines and ensuring compliance with the national standard.

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

Booking Rate @ €365 + VAT.

CMG Events Conference Discount

  • 10% discount for the third delegate booked or subsequent bookings thereafter from the same company.

The rate to attend includes morning tea/coffee and refreshments on arrival at registration, mid-morning tea/coffee and pastries and full buffet lunch. You will receive the speakers PowerPoint presentations within 24 hours after the event. 

Tel: 01 293 4764


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