(Short Course) Falls Champions: Falls Prevention

Course details

  • Duration 8 Weeks
  • Location Blended Learning
Nursing professional making a home visit to an elderly patient

Why choose this course?

The module aims to educate falls champions to use tools and processes to support falls prevention and management from admission through to discharge. This course will deliver key information which will help students understand and reduce the risks of people falling in hospital and at home.

This course will:

  • Support students in their delivery of care, assessment of risk and importantly, reduction of falls risks
  • Support students’ learning throughout and will encourage them to apply their learning to practice
  • Enabling students to become a falls champion in their clinical environment

Key course features

  • Study for free
  • Delivered in partnership with BCUHB. Prof. Anil Mane (Care of the Elderly Consultant) who designed this programme
  • Specialists in the field will deliver key lectures and the multidisciplinary approach to falls prevention will be spotlighted.

What you will study

Session 1:

  • Enrolment and introduction to Wrexham Glyndŵr University (Library resources, Introduction to Moodle Introduction to the module and its assessments, Study skills: planning study time and learning and Inclusion services)

Session 2:

  • The magnitude and the implications of falls
  • The principles of patient assessment and management
  • Physical and pharmaceutical causes of falls
  • Clinical lecture: Basic knowledge of Incontinence, Osteoporosis, Syncope, Epilepsy, Dementia

Session 3:

  • The mechanisms, of falls, weakness, loss of balance, tests, and exercises to prevent falls
  • Home hazards, and principles of modification
  • Clinical lecture: Orthostatic hypotension: tilt table test etc
  • The role of the falls team

Session 4:

  • Tools to support falls prevention

Session 5:

  • Tutorial support

Session 6:

  • Assessment (An online m ultiple choice paper)

Students will be given a range of homework tasks throughout the learning weeks and will contribute to online fora in which they will be expected to discuss progress and innovative practice in their area. Students should expect to study at home for several hours each week in between their study days in order to support their learning. Students will be expected to perform a falls analysis over time in their ward/unit.

Entry requirements & applying

The only entry requirement is that you have a passion for reducing risk of patient falls in your clinical working environments.

Teaching & Assessment

Teaching will be both online and face to face, with lead lectures delivered by specialists in the field.

You will be supported throughout by the module leader and the wider university support networks including library services and study skills staff. You will apply your knowledge to practice and undertake a practical assessment of your clinical environment, assessing it for risk of patient falls.

The online multiple choice exam will assess your learning.

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