Safe Steps - preventing falls, improving lives

Posted on 25th February, 2019

Safe Steps is a digital falls risk assessment tool, designed to reduce the number of falls in care homes.

Safe Steps uses a dynamic set of assessment questions to create individual, personalised care plans. Co-created with care professionals, Safe Steps provides a consistent way for care organisations to implement a falls prevention strategy and adhere to Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulatory requirements.

Currently under evaluation by Wirral, Bolton and Tameside CCGs.

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It is estimated that 35% of the over 65 population will fall each year. Of those, 43% will fall twice or more, and of those, 33% will attend A&E or a minor injuries unit. Falls trigger over 40% of admissions into nursing and residential care and are the most common reason for referrals to intermediate care. The average cost of dealing with a serious fall is £7.5k (PHE), costing the NHS approximately £2.3 billion every year (NICE, 2015).

Safe Steps is a secure digital risk assessment tool - built to NHS Digital standards - which provides a standardised and effective approach to falls risk management.

It has been designed and co-created with health and social care professionals to reduce the incidence of falls across health & care settings by adopting a range of risk assessment factors to provide frontline staff with the tools to efficiently determine the likelihood that a particular resident will fall.

Assessing 12 key areas - based on NICE guidelines - and providing CQC approved recommendations for multifactorial intervention via a secure, easy-to-use web application.

Safe Steps is currently live in 100+ care homes across Greater Manchester and Merseyside and is being evaluated with the help of Innovation Agency, Health Innovation Manchester, Wirral CCG, Bolton CCG and Tameside CCG. It therefore offers a ‘ready to go’ solution for other care homes across the UK.

We provide full training and support for deployment and onboarding, together with ongoing reporting and outcomes evaluation.

Key Objectives

  1. Reducing the amount of preventable falls for over 65s
  2. Reducing the amount of non elected admissions as a result of falls
  3. Improving patient safety
  4. Population health management


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