National Audit of Inpatient Falls – Audit report 2015

Reports | Published: 08 Oct 2015

The 2015 National Audit of Inpatient Falls is part of the Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP). Commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) as part of the National Clinical Audit and Patient Outcomes Programme (NCAPOP), it builds upon previous pilot and feasibility audits.

The Royal College of Physicians (RCP) conducted a national audit involving NHS trusts and health boards in England and Wales during May 2015. The aim was to provide reliable, relevant and timely data suitable to facilitate local improvements in clinical practice and patient safety work in acute hospitals in order to reduce inpatient falls. This report presents the aims, objectives, methods, findings and key recommendations of the 2015 National Audit of Inpatient Falls.

This audit is a national snapshot of the landscape of falls prevention within NHS trusts and health boards in England and Wales from an organisational and clinical perspective. It can provide some evidence of quality improvement activities in the care of older patients in hospital who are at risk of falling and help to identify areas of good practice, as well as areas for improvement. The set of indicators used in this audit can help to support hospitals to monitor their progress locally, regionally and over time.

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National Audit of Inpatient Falls – Audit report 2015