From 1 April 2021, the Falls Prevention Service previously provided by Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust (NHFT) and commissioned by Public Health at Northamptonshire County Council, is being provided directly by Public Health Northamptonshire.
NHFT and Public Health have been working closely together over the last few months to ensure a smooth transition takes place to support the success of these new arrangements.
How the new Falls Management Service works
The new Falls Management Service covers North Northamptonshire and West Northamptonshire. Staff predominantly work in clients’ own homes, with the service retaining its occupational therapist and physiotherapist focus, and emphasis on rehabilitative support, prevention of future falls, and maintenance of independence. It is one of three services supporting people who have fallen or who are at risk of falling in the future:
- The Falls Management Service: for those who have fallen in the last three months
- Supporting Independence Programme: for those who are mildly frail and/or who have fallen in the last 12 months
- OTAGO Strength and Balance classes: for those who haven’t fallen but who may be unsteady on their feet or who are worried about falling
All services are heavily focused on the prevention of future falls and maintenance of independence, and are in keeping with the recommendation for better integration of services in the local Health Needs Assessment regarding falls prevention, approved by the Northamptonshire Health and Wellbeing Board in 2020.
Renewed focus on awareness and staff training
Training on falls prevention will consolidate the service’s underlying principle of prevention. Training on falls prevention will be available for multiple stakeholder groups, including adult social care services, care homes, and voluntary and community sector organisations, with the aim of ensuring that professionals working with those most at risk have the right knowledge and skills to reduce the risk of injurious falls occurring.
How to make a referral
Referrals to the Falls Management Service can be made via the web form which is on this page: www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/councilservices/health/preventing-falls/Pages/default.aspx
Support to make a referral is also available from an advisor, via these numbers:
- North Northamptonshire: 0300 126 3000
- West Northamptonshire: 0300 126 7000