In situ falls training programme

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The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has developed a new style of falls prevention training.

Overview

This training programme: 

  • aims to reduce preventable falls and improve staff confidence in managing the fallen patient
  • can be used by all members of staff and encourages communication, team working, prioritisation and delegation skills
  • allows ward staff to be taken from the working environment to complete the bespoke training on the ward

Kelly Jackson, Lead Clinical Educator and Catherine Bramwell-Walsh, Falls Prevention Practitioner

Training scenarios

The training consists of two short scenarios: one delivering assessment and care plan implementation, the second on post falls management.

It's designed to take place in the ward environment and involves working with ward managers to tailor scenarios which have been adapted in line with lessons learnt from recent route cause analysis investigations. This ensures that training is relevant to the ward environment whilst ensuring that it is patient centred. 

Recreating these ‘real life’ scenarios in a ‘risk free’ environment, facilitates learning whilst increasing retention. The participants lead the simulation scenario which results in them feeling more empowered and also increases confidence in clinical decision making. 

Feedback

Constructive feedback is also an essential part of this process and is given at the end of each simulation scenario to improve performance and facilitate personal development. This type of training engages frontline staff in their own environment which encourages ‘buy-in’ and stimulates a culture change where falls and safety awareness is recognised as the responsibility of all.

Be the Change

Kelly Jackson Lead Clinical Educator, debriefing staff members post simulation.

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