Unmet service needs/service gaps
Predicting future trends in falls is challenging, particularly as most people that fall do not seek help (DoH, 2009). Commissioners should therefore be cautious when making commissioning decisions based on falls projections alone.
The current burden of falls for the Central Bedfordshire population is significant in terms of time spent in hospital, financial cost of treatment/support, in relation to both health and social care, and patient outcomes (Baker et al, 2014).
Local falls prevention services / interventions have tended to be reactive rather than preventive however this is beginning to be addressed. Examples of this can be seen in the work that is being undertaken with care homes and the development and implementation of the Bedfordshire Falls Group.
Last updated Friday, 22nd April 2016