Spring Seminar Telford April 2015

Telford Hotel and Golf Resort – 21st April 2015.

Report of event.

Despite the difficult financial situation facing the UK the NASHiCS Spring Seminar saw record numbers wishing to attend and ended up over-subscribed.
The event, entitled “To fall or not to fall”, was held at the Telford Hotel and Golf Resort on a lovely spring day on Tuesday 21 April.

The programme of speakers opened with a presentation by Julie Windsor RGN MSc, Patient Safety Lead Older People and Falls, Patient Safety Division, Nursing Directorate, NHS England.
She described a fall as “an unexpected event which results in a person coming to rest inadvertently on the ground or floor or other lower level” and pointed out that falls are the leading cause of death for people over 75.

Most fallers are 80 plus but figures start to rise after 50 plus. Other statistics show that 60% of people who fall once will fall again within 12 months and after a hip fracture 3 in 10 older persons will die.
Another worrying fact is that there is a loss of independence for 1 in 10 older persons after a fall. Julie then discussed reasons for falls in detail and about managing falls before suggesting sources of information such as “Managing falls & fractures in care homes”

After a refreshment break

Andy Marsden, Senior Medical Device specialist, The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, gave  the seminar some detailed examples of reported incidents to MHRA that have involved equipment. He dealt particularly with bed rails and incidents involving non-integral bed rails.

Delegates were then split into two smaller groups for a more intimate sessions.

The first was given by Debra Corney, BSc Hons, HCPC Registered Occupational Therapist, Accora Ltd. UK and covered bed fall risk management and interventions using a bed to demonstrate various scenarios.
The second came from Rob Shaw, Technical Team Lead, Falls Prevention, Health & Safety Laboratory and covered Preventing falls – why people slip and trip, the importance of capturing and using near misinformation and the role of cleaning in stair falls.

These two sessions were switched after lunch so that everyone could attend both presentations.

Later in the afternoon, Emmie Galilee, Head of the Health
and Social Care Services
Unit, Health & Safety Executive (HSE) together with Zameer Bhunnoo talked about “learning from the past to help us go forward” and took a look at past incidents, cases and guidance and how it shapes prevention in the future. Emmie  also took the opportunity to clarify RIDDOR reporting for service users.

The final part of the seminar was an Open Forum for delegates to place questions to the panel of speakers and this led to a lively interaction and plenty of feedback from the panel members.

Whilst some delegates then left to make their journey home there was also a short Annual General Meeting for NASHiCS members to attend before they too departed.

Another very successful event completed and of course it was free to NASHiCS members.

David Vallender   National Executive. May 2015