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dc.contributor.authorDickinson, Angela
dc.contributor.authorSimpson, Charles Melvyn
dc.contributor.authorVictor, Christina
dc.contributor.authorHumphrey, Deborah
dc.contributor.authorNarayanan, Venkat
dc.contributor.authorGriffiths, Caroline
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-13T09:00:03Z
dc.date.available2013-02-13T09:00:03Z
dc.date.issued2012-07-12
dc.identifier.citationDickinson , A , Simpson , C M , Victor , C , Humphrey , D , Narayanan , V & Griffiths , C 2012 , ' Falls screening and assessment tools used in acute mental health settings : An analysis of polices in England and Wales ' British Society of Gerontology , Keele , United Kingdom , 11/07/12 - 13/07/12 , .
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dc.identifier.otherPURE: 943534
dc.identifier.otherPURE UUID: 040e918a-d3c4-420d-a8c0-eb779143905c
dc.identifier.otherORCID: /0000-0001-7681-2732/work/62749252
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/2299/9988
dc.description.abstractBackground: There is an urgent need to improve the care of older people at risk of or who experience falls in mental health settings. Falls are the most frequently reported patient safety incident. NICE Guidelines recommends the use of multidisciplinary fall risk assessment during individualised treatment and in prevention care plans for older people at risk of falls (NICE, 2004). This poster outlines work underway to explore the policy guidance issued by NHS Mental Health Trusts in England and Health Boards in Wales. Methods: We requested fall policies and other relevant documentation from NHS mental health trusts in England (56) and healthcare boards in Wales (6). Policies are being subjected to a quantitative content analysis to explore guidance given to clinical staff and managers. Findings: We obtained falls policies from 42 mental health trusts in England, and 2 from healthcare boards in Wales. 30 policies were publically available on the internet. 1 Trust told us they did not have a fall-prevention strategy. 1 was currently reviewing their policy. Analysis of fall risk assessment tools show variation in the number of risk-variables included. Few Trusts used validated tools such as STRATIFY, FRASE, MORSE, and MHOA, others used customised falls risk assessment tools. Conclusions •A wide variety of screening and assessment tools are in use, however, the most commonly used are those developed by individual Trusts, or which focus solely on the external environment, with no screening/assessment of individual patients. •Use of invalidated tools raises questions of reliability and effectiveness.en
dc.language.isoeng
dc.rightsOpen
dc.subjectFall prevention
dc.subjectMental health
dc.subjectqualitative methods
dc.subjectAudit
dc.subjectPolicies
dc.subjectFall assessment
dc.subjectPatient safety
dc.titleFalls screening and assessment tools used in acute mental health settings : An analysis of polices in England and Walesen
dc.contributor.institutionDepartment of Adult Nursing and Primary Care
dc.contributor.institutionSchool of Health and Social Work
dc.contributor.institutionHealth & Human Sciences Research Institute
dc.contributor.institutionCentre for Research in Public Health and Community Care
dc.contributor.institutionOlder People's Health and Complex Conditions
dc.contributor.institutionNursing, Midwifery and Social Work
dc.contributor.institutionWeight and Obesity Research Group
dc.contributor.institutionHealth, Young People and Family Lives
dc.description.statusNon peer reviewed
dc.relation.schoolSchool of Health and Social Work
dc.description.versiontypeFinal Accepted Version
dcterms.dateAccepted2012-07-12
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