Preventing Falls in Hospitals - e-Learning for Healthcare
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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 any e-LfH 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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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Preventing Falls programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

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.

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e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies