Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme: Resources for Patients and Carers

Dear colleague,

I hope this email finds you well.

I am emailing from the Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme (FFFAP) to highlight our resources for patients and carers produced in collaboration with members of our Patient and Carer Panel and that we hope would be of use to your network or members.
Our Patient and Carer Panel has been instrumental in providing the views of patients and carers and make sure that FFFAP continues to put patients and carers at the heart of the programme. The Panel has supported the work of FFFAP by co-producing several resources for patients, carers and the public, in partnership with RCP staff and the Programme’s multi-disciplinary group of clinicians. Panel members also review our reports to make sure that they are accessible to as wide an audience as possible.

Resources produced for patients and carers aim to support them through a fracture or fall, providing information on recovery, treatment options, and what to expect when in hospital. Our resources are also aimed at healthcare professionals, providing advice on preventing falls in hospital:
Your hip fracture: all about your hip fracture and what to expect on the road to recovery
How should your hospital prevent and respond to falls during your stay?
What should happen if you or someone you know experiences a fragility fracture?
All resources can be found on our website: FFFAP patient resources | RCP London

We are keen to ensure that our resources are accessed as widely as possible by patients, carers and healthcare professionals and we hope that you can signpost to our resources where relevant.

The Falls and Fragility Fractures Audit Programme (FFFAP) is looking to recruit new members to our award-winning Patient and Carer Panel. FFFAP is a national clinical audit run by the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) and commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership on behalf of NHS England and the Welsh Government. Our work aims to improve the care that patients with fragility fractures receive in hospital and after discharge and to reduce inpatient falls. At present, 300,000 fragility fractures occur each year in the UK including 70,000 hip fractures. 2,006 of these are suffered by hospital inpatients. There are three audit workstreams: the National Hip Fracture Database, the National Audit of Inpatient Falls, and the Fracture Liaison Service Database.

If you have any questions about our resources, the Panel or the audit programme, please do not hesitate to contact us via email at patientpanel@rcp.ac.uk

Best wishes,
Jessica Butler (she/her)

Project Manager
Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme
Care Quality Improvement Directorate
+44 (0) 203 075 1561