Falls Prevention - A Community Approach to the Problem of Falls
PHE ePoster Library. Metz D. 09/12/19; 274421; 219
Dean Metz
Dean Metz
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Abstract Background
Public health problems often require a multi-factorial approach from a multitude of stakeholders. Nowhere is this clearer than with the problem of falls, particularly in an ageing population. This is a case study of a North-East locality which has established a novel, multi-agency network comprising members from public health, local authority, health, community-voluntary sector and other diverse participants such as emergency services, transport companies and leisure.
Method
The group meets bi-annually en-masse, with smaller working groups and committees meeting in the interim. It is chaired by representatives from three areas of focus; the health services, the local authority, and the voluntary sector. They have developed a dynamic action plan that functions as an on-going Health Needs Assessment with clear priorities, goals and actions with devolved responsibility.
Results
The result is real-time awareness of the status of the problem of falls, gaps in provision of services and education, and the sharing of successes and challenges to the wider group. An ongoing public service campaign, “Don't Fall for It”, has been created for the Council resident's newsletter for all households in the Borough and is prepared by a different stakeholder for each publication. Instalments have been provided by optometry, pharmacy, podiatry and public health, with others planning for future instalments.
Conclusion
In this way, no one entity is over-controlling or over-burdened with the responsibility which promotes partnership working and collaboration. The working result is accountability for all stakeholders, transparency of all stakeholders, and a driving force for policy and funding. External funding details N/a
Abstract Background
Public health problems often require a multi-factorial approach from a multitude of stakeholders. Nowhere is this clearer than with the problem of falls, particularly in an ageing population. This is a case study of a North-East locality which has established a novel, multi-agency network comprising members from public health, local authority, health, community-voluntary sector and other diverse participants such as emergency services, transport companies and leisure.
Method
The group meets bi-annually en-masse, with smaller working groups and committees meeting in the interim. It is chaired by representatives from three areas of focus; the health services, the local authority, and the voluntary sector. They have developed a dynamic action plan that functions as an on-going Health Needs Assessment with clear priorities, goals and actions with devolved responsibility.
Results
The result is real-time awareness of the status of the problem of falls, gaps in provision of services and education, and the sharing of successes and challenges to the wider group. An ongoing public service campaign, “Don't Fall for It”, has been created for the Council resident's newsletter for all households in the Borough and is prepared by a different stakeholder for each publication. Instalments have been provided by optometry, pharmacy, podiatry and public health, with others planning for future instalments.
Conclusion
In this way, no one entity is over-controlling or over-burdened with the responsibility which promotes partnership working and collaboration. The working result is accountability for all stakeholders, transparency of all stakeholders, and a driving force for policy and funding. External funding details N/a
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