PHE is seeking participants for an initial discussion on preventing falls arising as a consequence of housing hazards, and enabling the right home environment for people who have suffered an injury as a consequence of a fall. We are seeking people who can represent all interests in falls in a locality.
The cost of poor housing to the NHS is estimated to be £1.4bn per annum, within which falls as a consequence of home hazards are estimated to cost the £435m per annum. Falls are the leading cause of injury in England with around 255,000 falls-related emergency hospital admissions among patients aged 65, nearly 70% of these among patients aged 80 and over.
Recent work in Yorkshire and Humber suggests that falls prevention is a priority for many localities, and particularly falls as a consequence of poor or unsuitable housing.
There are opportunities to prevent some falls and fractures, resulting in improved health outcomes and independence for older people and savings to health and care services. However, this requires co-ordination.
Nationally falls prevention is of significant interest: the Better Care Fund for 2016/17, for example, seeks to enable a greater number of home adaptations. Also, the National Falls Co-ordination Group is working to promote the need for collective and targeted use of resources, skills and knowledge to reduce falls and fracture risk across the life course and patient pathway, and to improve treatment and secondary prevention for those older people who have suffered injury following a fall.
Purpose of discussion
Given the particular interest in falls and the home in the Yorkshire and Humber region, Public Health England is hosting an initial discussion between all interested parties to enable a shared understanding of:
- The scale and nature of the housing and falls relationship, gaps in knowledge and how these may be filled
- The opportunities to prevent falls and improve responses to those who have suffered injury following a fall, drawing on evidence of ‘what works’ within the region, and further afield
- Available ‘assets’ in the system and how these may be harnessed more effectively
- The need for further action in the region or locally to enable action and outcomes
For the purposes of this initial discussion we are seeking representatives from across the region, from relevant professions, organisations and sectors. Participants with an interest in falls prevention from the following are welcome:
- Health and wellbeing board members
- Elected members (portfolio holders for health and wellbeing and housing in particular)
- Commissioners for older adults’ health care (NHS providers and CCGs), social care (local authority)
- Primary care
- Public health professionals
- Environmental health and housing practitioners
- Social landlords (housing association, council landlord and/or ALMO)
- Occupational therapists and other interested allied health professionals
- Voluntary and community sector
- Fire and Rescue Services
- Ambulance Services
- Other providers of services intended to improve the home environment eg, home improvement agencies, handyperson services
- Academic institutions and other research bodies
We’re looking to hold a discussion session on 16 January in Leeds looking at preventing falls, focusing on people at home (rather than falls in hospital, though there might be learning from hospital work that’s transferable or could stimulate discussions and thinking). There’s
The meeting will be held on 16th January 2017, starting at 1pm and ending by 4.30pm. The venue is:
PHE Yorkshire and Humber, Board room.
Blenheim House, West One, Duncombe Street, Leeds LS1 4PL
To register your interest, please complete this form by 16th December 2016.
Places are limited to 50 people: we may need to review registrations to ensure that all sectors and professions are represented, and from locations across the region. We will confirm your attendance, and the agenda, in the New Year.
 Roys, M, Nicol, S, Garrett, H, Margoles, S (2015) The full cost of poor housing, BRE
 PHE 2015
Sent from: Diane Bell Communications manager Public Health England
Tel: 0113 8557341