FallStop is a quality improvement programme from the Falls Prevention Team at the East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust. It was developed in 2016 when they found there was a high rate of falls at one of their hospitals and a failure to learn from incidents. A FallStop Practitioner co-ordinates the programme and delivers training.
- Reduce incidence of falls and harm.
- Embed falls prevention into everyday practice.
- Engage clinical staff to identify patients at risk and implement harm prevention strategies.
Process for target wards:
- Present data for the past 12 months for falls by severity, as baseline metric.
- Present serious falls and actions undertaken.
- Falls Risk Assessment audit as baseline metric.
- Falls Link Worker ensures a display board is refreshed with falls prevention displays and audit result.
- Ward team set own targets for improvement weekly.
- Teaching sessions delivered. These may be ward sessions or in the Quality Improvement and Innovation (QII) hub.
- Weekly audits continue.
- Meeting with the team to discuss programme results, falls incidences, post fall assessment themes and audit results.
- Link worker provides evidence of training undertaken and plan for those who have not received training.
- Improvement plan agreed to be delivered by the link worker.