NHS South Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has been engaging with patients and carers throughout the process of developing a Falls Prevention Strategy. Throughout 2019 we have held stakeholder engagement with older people both online and via Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations to seek out patient views.
The engagement has been in relation to marketing for the strategy, the online development of a self-assessment tool and online self-management tool.
The CCG undertook further engagement with older people who have accessed some of the community-based falls prevention programmes to ascertain the value and outcomes of the exercise programme of minimising the risk of falls. This has been positive and helped secure further funding via the voluntary sector.
We are working closely with Public Health England and libraries team, along with the falls service, to promote a slipper exchange within the South Tees area. This will reduce the risk of falls by giving older people a pair of slippers in place of their current pair. The elderly patients are also provided with information about falls prevention during a slipper exchange.