The Prevention and Management of Falls in the Community: A Framework for Action for Scotland 2014/2015

The Framework builds on the model presented in the Up and About resource, and focuses on falls prevention and management and fracture prevention for older people living in the community. The Framework is underpinned by evidence from research and draws on knowledge and experience gained by the falls prevention community in Scotland over the last four years.


Since 2010 the National Falls Programme has aimed to support health and social care partnership areas to implement local integrated pathways which enable a systematic and evidence based approach to falls prevention and management. The model pathway is outlined in the Healthcare Improvement Scotland resource, Up and About.

The 2012 report, Up and About or Falling Short, presented the findings of a mapping exercise in Scotland which aimed to identify the extent to which recommended practices were embedded in systems of care for older people. The report suggested that although in recent years there has been progress in the implementation of local care pathways for older people who have fallen, there remains variation in service provision and quality in Scotland. An older person's likelihood of being offered evidence based care depends on where and to whom he or she presents following a fall or with a fall-related injury. Opportunities for prevention of falls and fractures are being missed.


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