South Yorks: Safety project to reduce hospital falls is launched

Guardian News
Guardian News

A new approach to improve safety and prevent falls in hospital has been introduced across Doncaster, Rotherham and North Lincolnshire.

Later this month, Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust (RDaSH) is to formally launch FallSafe, a key patient safety project, across all inpatient wards in older people’s mental health services and Doncaster Community Integrated Services.

FallSafe will bring together existing and new falls prevention resources and involves building a team approach to practice improvement, educating clinicians via an e-learning course and other resources.

Liz Copley, a consultant occupational therapist, said: “Fantastic work to reduce the number of inpatient falls has been taking place across all inpatient wards over the past few years, and there have been some great examples of how RDaSH staff working together can improve falls risk assessment and falls prevention practices to make a real difference.”

“Teams have already been using the FallSafe information, but formally adopting the initiative will enable our services and staff to take this work to the next level.”