The Preventing Falls Resource Pack
- Starter Pack
- The Definition of a Fall
- MDT Approach
- Safety Stick
- Safety Stick Example
- Falls Risk Identifier
- Changes to Consider
- Falls Prevention Record
- Falls Prevention Record Example
- The Multi Factorial Falls Risk Assessment Tool (Acutes)
- Falls Prevention Compliance Tool
The QI Collaborative Participant Handbook
The QI Toolbox is an online resource developed by the National Quality Improvement Team. The resource will help staff with Quality Improvement projects in any healthcare setting. It applies tried and tested improvement methods to the process of improving quality. The resource will help staff with Quality Improvement projects in any healthcare setting. It applies tried and tested improvement methods to the process of improving quality.
This toolkit contains some tools which should make carrying out a project easier. The project map shares the 4 phases of the project starting out with a ‘light bulb’ moment right through to the sustainability plan.
There are some tools that you will find helpful for all projects and some tools may be more applicable to your project than others. Your line manager, local QI enthusiast or project sponsor may be able to help you when deciding which tools are relevant for your project.
- Health Service Executive Framework for Improving Quality (2016)
- Health Service Executive - Leadership Skills for Staff Engagement
- Health Service Executive - Patient Experience Survey – Your voice Matters
- HSE Social Media Information
- IHI System Leadership
- Improvement Knowledge & Skills Guide (2017)
- National Health Service Leadership Development -Staff Engagement - Listening into Action. United Kingdom: National Health Service.
- The Breakthrough Series: IHI’s Collaborative Model for Achieving Breakthrough Improvement. IHI Innovation Series White Paper. Boston: Institute for Health Care Improvement, 2003
- The King’s Fund (2015) Staff engagement: Six building blocks for harnessing the creativity and enthusiasm of NHS staff. London.
Falls remain the most commonly reported incident within the HSE and HSE funded services with 35,187 falls reported in 2018, including 15,773 in acute hospitals and 15,027 in social care. Furthermore, a study undertaken by The Irish Centre for Social Gerontology (2007) estimated that fall-related injuries in older people would increase from a conservative €922m – €1077m by 2020 and by 2030 the cost will be approximately €1587m – €2043m, in the absence of a National Fall and Fracture Prevention Strategy being implemented. To this end, the National Quality Improvement team in partnership with key stakeholders are leading out of a series of QI collaboratives with a focus to reduce avoidable falls using a suite of evidence based interventions.
The focus through the quality improvement collaboratives is to reduce avoidable falls, as they are:
- debilitating and painful and can contribute to mortality rates
- an increasing problem that affects thousands of people every year
- in some cases preventable