Category Archives: Falls

Want to improve patient care? Then become a clinical researcher

New digital magazine aims to inspire the next generation of researchers*

A new magazine called The Researcher has launched today. The digital publication, created for early career researchers by early career researchers aims to raise awareness of research careers among nurses, midwives and allied health professionals.

Working in collaboration with Health Education England (HEE), NHS North West Research and Development and a team of early career researchers, along with award winning writer Rob Young, we have produced the magazine, which illustrates the real-life stories of what it is like to undertake a research career.

Two further editions of The Researcher are planned over the next six months. This first edition has the theme of ‘Breaking boundaries’ and is available to read at http://bit.ly/TheResearcherMag_Summer2016

Please let NIHR know your comments on Twitter using #TheResearcherMagazine.

*Text above reproduced from here

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Seven steps to reduce the risk of your patients falling

When an older adult (65 years and above) falls it can have severe health consequences. 20-30% of those who fall will suffer moderate to severe injuries such as a fractured hip (neck of femur) which may impact on their ability to live independently in the community and some will even die due to complications associated with the injury (Ambrose et al 2013). Preventing falls has become an international priority (Stubbs et al 2015). What can you do to help reduce the risk of falls in your older patients?

TUMBLES booklet

The North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has recently launched a new falls prevention booklet, TUMBLES. The booklet is designed to support patients with self-help information on how to reduce their risk of falling and can also be used in care homes when teaching staff to think how/why residents fall and changes that can be made to reduce the risk. They’ve produced some useful information on falls prevention  and you can get a copy of TUMBLES here. Discussing this with your patients (rather than simply handing them the booklet!) might be one useful step you take towards reducing their falls risk.