The following Falls studies are now recruiting in Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.
Principal Investigator: City - Marie Ward, Clinical Specialist nurse in falls Prevention; County - Kate Robertson, Consultant OT
Study Summary: A multi-centre cluster randomised controlled trial to evaluate the Guide to Action Care Home fall prevention programme in care homes for older people.
Many older people living in care homes fall and sustain injuries leading to hospital admissions and reduced independence. The NHS provides falls prevention interventions in care homes. Success is questionable as 80% of residents are cognitively impaired and unable to engage with treatments. We believe care home employees are in an excellent position to provide falls prevention interventions. The Guide to Action for Care Homes (GtACH) is a falls prevention and training intervention designed to be implemented in care homes. It comprises of a risk assessment, and involves delivery of individualised evidence based specific interventions and appropriate referral to external services. We have tried its use with care home staff and residents. This study will evaluate whether GtACH reduces falls rates in care home residents and the costs to the NHS.
All Carer staff are also being recruited (for process evaluation).