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.

CMG events typically sell out quickly, therefore prompt booking is strongly advised to secure your place at the early bird rate Save €100.00 – Early Bird Rate is €345.00 + VAT (Normal rate €445.00 + VAT)

Please note the early bird can close sooner than advertised, once a certain amount of seats sell out.

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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.

Full Day Programme 8.50am to 4pm

Opening Remarks from Conference Chairperson:
Moya Wilson, Quality & Safety Manager, Sligo University Hospital

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

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
  • Preventative Measures to take
  • 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, HSE

  • 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

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

Reducing in-patient falls and secondary prevention to reduce repeat falls

  • Developing a multifaceted approach to reducing inpatient falls
  • The development of falls prevention teams across the healthcare of older peoples wards
  • Developing a Zero tolerance approach to recurrent falls and harm from falls
  • Improving the dissemination of learning from Falls root cause analysis
  • Our experience – the impact of falls and harm from falls

Post fall protocols – Evidence Based Interventions for Persons who have Fallen

  • What do I need to do in the immediate post-fall period
  • How do I reassess a patient who has fallen
  • Improving secondary prevention: implementing an individual post fall protocol in practice.
  • Identifying risk factors for future falls including a home check
  • Ensuring recurrent fallers are referred for exercises to improve strength and balance
  • How do I integrate research into practice
  • The ortho-geri role in post fracture management

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.

Falls Prevention Exergames for falls prevention: The innovation pathway from conception to cluster RCT.
Speaker: Dr Emma Stanmore, Senior Lecturer, School of Health Sciences, University of Manchester

  • Current barriers to strength and balance exercise uptake and adherence in older people.
  • The potential of ‘gamification’ and technology to increase uptake, access and adherence to exercise for older people.
  • Co-development and testing of the falls prevention Exergames; qualitative and quantitative results.
  • Results from multi-site cluster randomised controlled trial in Manchester and Glasgow.
  • Implementation and next steps.

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

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.

Talbot Hotel (Formerly Stillorgan Park Hotel)

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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. 

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