Preventing Falls in Hospitals - e-Learning for Healthcare
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  • Royal College of Physicians

About the Preventing Falls in Hospitals programme

Falls are the most commonly reported type of patient safety incident in healthcare. Around 250,000 patients fall in acute and community hospitals each year (NHS England, National Reporting and Learning System, 2013, 2014). Over 800 hip fractures and about 600 other fractures are reported. There are 130 deaths associated with falls. Although most falls do not result in injury, patients can have psychological and mobility problems as a result of falling.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence Falls: assessment and prevention of falls in older people, 161 (2013) guidelines now include patients admitted to hospital highlighting the need to address falls.

The modules: module one for hospital based nurses, and module two for foundation level doctors provide interactive information about patient and environmental falls risk factors, the patient assessment, and post fall management.

Both modules have been designed to complement, not replace, your local falls prevention policies and processes: you must always work within them.

Project structure

You can find out more about each module by selecting the modules below.

  • Module 1

    Preventing Falls - Audience: hospital based nurses
  • Module 2

    CareFall - Audience: hospital based foundation level 1 and 2 doctors

How to access

In order to access the Preventing Falls programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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To view the Preventing Falls programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with e-LfH, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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NHS healthcare staff in England

The Preventing Falls programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access e-LfH Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the Preventing Falls programme, please contact e-LfH directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact e-LfH directly to express interest.

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More information

Please select the following link for more information on how to use the e-LfH Hub.

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