● Risk Assessments Tools ● Case Law & Legal Challenges To Avoid ● Identifying Underlying Health Problems ● Practical Examples

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin

Date: 27th February 2020

It is estimated that the Irish Healthcare Sector spends €500 million on the treatment of falls in people over 65 per annum. Falls and accidents are always going to happen however there are many preventative measures that can be taken, medication reviews, risk assessments, identifying underlying health problems and proper equipment and staffing in place.

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This conference will update delegates on Quality Standards for Fall’s and implementation in practice at all levels of the healthcare system.  Sessions will focus on developing post fall protocols and secondary prevention for inpatients. There will also be a review of all the different risk assessment tools such as FRAISE, FRAT and STRATIFY with a look to a UK Case Study on their AFLOAT System.

Who Should Attend?

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.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Dr Elizabeth Fahey McCarthy, RN, RM, RNT, MAEd, Professional Education Consultant


In-Patient Falls Prevention

Speaker: Gareth Clifford Former Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and Falls Prevention Lead in St. Vincent’s University Hospital. 

  • Clinical Guidelines, Standards and Evidence-base
  • How to assess and intervene.  


Inpatient falls resulting in injury

Case Law Updates – legal challenges – limiting legal liability

Speaker: Anne Conlon, Barrister-at-Law, Law Library

  • The Legal responsibilities of the Healthcare Provider
  • Statutory Duties and Preventative Measures to take
  • Steps to be taken if a fall occurs – limiting legal liability
  • What happens when legal action is taken


Development of AFLOAT ‘Avoiding Falls Level of Observation Assessment Tool’

Speaker: David Dawson, Falls & Frailty Matron, NHS

  • Identified variation in the practice of observation for patients who may be at risk of falling
  • Working with nursing staff and joined NHS England National Falls Collaborative to develop the AFLOAT – Avoiding Falls Level of Observation Assessment Tool
  • Discussing the QI methodology used in tool development including testing over several PDSA cycles
  • Measuring improvement from 65% of patients being on an appropriate level of observation to 84% on the pilot wards
  • Implementing Trust wide roll out in December 2018 as a part of our 5-year falls improvement work which has seen a sustained reduction in falls
  • Next steps……. Since delirium is a key driver of requiring high levels of observation, can we improve delirium care on move from “observation” to “therapeutic intervention


Coffee Break


Falls Prevention – Preventing falls in people with intellectual disabilities.

Speaker: Renjith Joseph of Ability West- Irish Healthcare Centre Awards Winner 2019

  • Why are people with intellectual disabilities at higher risk of falls.
  • Assess and managing falls risk.
  • Reducing falls in people with intellectual disabilities.


The Psychological Impact of Falls

Speaker: Dr Marie Murray Clinical Psychologist PhD, M. Psych Sc, C Psychol PsSI, UCD

  • Fear of falling in older persons – the experience of falling – types of falls.
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and post-fall recovery
  • Practical and psychological preventative interventions.


Medication Management- In reducing Falls

Speaker: Dr Nick Flynn Minor Surgery Clinic, Hollyhill Medical Centre

  • Medication reviews in polypharmacy: Basic principles. 
  • Medication reviews: High risk patients.
  • Medication reviews: High risk drugs.
  • Drug interactions and fall prevention.
  • Non-prescription drugs and fall prevention.


Q&A session


Lunch and chance to network


Applying the Principles of Healthcare Risk Management to Falls Prevention.

Speaker: John McElhinney, Group Quality & Safety Manager, Saolta University Health Care Group, Sligo University Hospital

  • Role of risk assessment in healthcare and falls management
  • Patient falls and the recurring themes in your organisation
  • After Action Review
  • Systems Analysis Based Investigation of patient falls

Risk Assessment Tools- the merits in all

  • FRAT


Preventing falls in Dementia Patients

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


Q&A session


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Anne ConlonAnne Conlon


Anne Conlon BL LLM, MA, MSc, is a practicing barrister working in the area of general practice including employment law, medical negligence law and personal injury law.

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Prior to being called to the Bar Anne worked for over 20 years as a General Manager in the private healthcare sector – a highly regulated environment.   Anne completed a Master of Science (Healthcare Management) at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, a Master of Laws (Human Rights) at the University of Keele and a Master of Arts (Women’s Studies) at University College Dublin.  In addition, Anne holds qualifications in employment law and data protection law.  Anne is a research specialist providing legal consultancy, training and research services for several high-profile organisations.  Finally, Anne has served as a Chairperson / director on both healthcare industry and NGO boards – including Nursing Homes Ireland and the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre.

Dr Nick FlynnDr Nick Flynn

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. He has been practicing as a GP in Cork for over 15 years.

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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.

Dr Elizabeth Fahey McCarthyDr Elizabeth Fahey McCarthy

Professional Education Consultant

Dr Elizabeth Fahey-McCarthy, Former Director of Teaching and Learning Postgraduate, worked in the School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin from 2000-2017.

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Prior to this she was a nurse tutor in Centres for Nurse Education in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Middle East and in the USA. She is a Registered General Nurse and Registered Nurse Tutor, completing her MA Ed at Oxford Brookes University in 1999, and her PhD at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin in 2012. Her educational experience and research interests include dementia care, palliative care and end-of-life care, ethical decision-making and reflective practice.

John McElhinneyJohn McElhinney

Group Quality & Safety Manager, Saolta University Health Care Group, Sligo University Hospital

John McElhinney is the Quality and Safety Manager for the seven acute hospitals that make up the West North West Hospitals Group. He had previously held the position of Risk Advisor at Sligo Regional Hospital for several years.

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John spent fifteen years working overseas in the UK, Middle East and Australia specialising in Critical Care Nursing. Prior to returning to Ireland John held the position as Quality Improvement Manager at the Princess Elizabeth Hospital and Joint Clinical Governance lead with the States of Guernsey Board of Health in the Channel Islands.

John holds a BA (Hons) in Psychology and Political Science from the University of New South Wales, a B.Sc. in Health Sciences from Southern Cross University, New South Wales, a Higher Diploma in Healthcare Risk Management from UCD and an MBA from the Smurfit Business School. He also holds nursing qualifications in Mental Health, General, Critical Care and Nursing Education. John has published several papers on the subject of risk management and patient safety and has presented at various conferences on Quality, Patient Safety, Risk Management and Clinical Governance related topics. His main areas of interest include the role of human factors in clinical error, continuous quality improvement and Corporate and Clinical Governance.

Gareth Clifford

Former Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and Falls Prevention Lead in St. Vincent’s University Hospital

Gareth is the Quality, Standards & Compliance Lead in the Quality & Patient Safety Office of the Acute Operations Division, HSE.

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He was previously a Clinical Specialist Physiotherapist and Falls Prevention Coordinator in St. Vincent’s University Hospital, and before that worked mainly in older persons and stroke rehabilitation in St. James’ Hospital. He holds an MSc in neurology & gerontology from RCSI. Gareth sits on a number of national falls groups.

David DawsonDavid Dawson

BSc, Falls and Frailty Matron, NHS Northumbria Healthcare, Older Person’s Fellow, King’s College London

David has worked as a nurse for almost 30 years since starting his training in 1990. He has worked in orthopaedic trauma, acute elderly medicine and elderly rehabilitation.

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He qualified as a staff nurse with Northumbria before moving to London and working at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington for 3 years. Following this he worked at NHS Direct before returning to elderly medicine in 2009 working as a ward manager.

He has worked within the elderly medicine team as a matron for 7 years and in 2016 completed the King’s College Older Person’s Nurse Fellowship. For the last 2 years David has been the strategic lead for falls prevention and frailty.

Northumbria Healthcare has significantly reduced the number of patients who fall and come to harm in hospital. Last year David and the falls team were involved in the NHS England National Falls Collaborative. The project was a finalist in this years HSJ Safety Awards for Quality Improvement.

The Academic health Science Networks “Bright Ideas in Health” for Quality Improvement and were winners of the Northumbria Healthcare Staff Awards for Quality Improvement.

cRenjith Joseph

Physiotherapy Manager at Ability West, Galway, Ireland

Ability West is dedicated to enabling people we support to realise their goals and ambitions. We provide services to children and adults with intellectual disability at over 60 locations in County Galway.

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Renjith Joseph qualified as BSc Physiotherapy, Bobath, PG in Seating and Posture management for Children and adults with Complex disabilities at Oxford, PG in Disability studies at Trinity College Dublin. And has specialized in the field of physiotherapy in Intellectual disabilities, Seating and postural management, Manual Handling, Falls prevention, Restrictive practices, over the past 20 years.

With his years of experience as a Chartered Registered Physiotherapist, he has implemented real change in the lives of people with physical and intellectual disabilities by working various organisations nationally and internationally.

Renjith Joseph is a sought-after national and international speaker on including the Naidex UK, International Cerebral palsy Conference Italy, European Seating Symposium, etc. speaks at events’ sharing his experiences.

Dr Marie MurrayDr Marie Murray

Clinical Psychologist PhD, M. Psych Sc, C Psychol PsSI, UCD Student Counselling Services

Dr Marie Murray has worked as a Clinical Psychologist across the entire developmental spectrum for 45 years.

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An honours graduate of UCD, from which she also obtained an M.Sc, and PhD, she is a Chartered Psychologist, Registered Family Therapist and Supervisor, a member of the Irish Council for Psychotherapy, of the European Association for Psychotherapy and a former member of the Heads of Psychology Services in Ireland. Marie served on the Medical Council of Ireland (2008-2013). She is an Associate Professor/Consultant to the M.Sc Systemic Psychotherapy in the School of Medicine UCD.and Series Editor for Cork University Press MindYourSelf books. https://mindyourselfbooks.ie

There will be 5 CPD points awarded to attendees at this conference. Please check directly with your association or awarding body to see how many points they will award

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