Physiotherapists calling for funding to reduce falls

Risk: Investment would reduced the risk of falling says new physio report
Risk: Investment would reduced the risk of falling says new physio report
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Thousands of falls could be prevented saving the NHS large amounts of money through investment in physiotherapy services, new figures suggested today.

The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy has developed a new web tool which uses health data to identify how many people are at risk of a fall in every area across England to work out how many falls could be avoided through improved access to physio-led prevention services.

The online calculator reveals that NHS Greater Preston Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) could prevent 673 falls saving £983,250.

NHS Chorley and South Ribble CCG could prevent 577 falls saving £809,002 and NHS Lancashire North CCG could prevent 641 falls saving £945,104.

Physiotherapists are now calling on NHS commissioners to invest in prevention of falls which can lead to fractures, care home ad mission or even death.

Falls also place significant pressure on A&E departments.

The physiotherapy society is warning that failing to invest will mean the number of people who need a care home admission after a fall will increase by 19 per cent by 2020 costing the economy an extra £124.8m annually.

Prof Karen Middleton, chief executive of the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, said: “Falls are not an inevitable part of the ageing process – they are often avoidable and investing in services can prevent these potentially devastastig accidents.”

She added: “Physiotherapists deliver services that develop strength and balance and educate people about fall risk factors and provide essential information on what to do if they do suffer a fall,”