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Falls Prevention

Falls prevention

This element of the induction process outlines the minimum requirements of a Registered Nurse or Midwife to support safe, effective, person centred Falls prevention care within NHSGGC. Each of the resources will support your knowledge and confidence in Falls prevention.

Falls reduction is one of the top priorities for NHS boards in Scotland and an important part of the Care Assurance System with Standard 2.  Falls remain a common cause of harm to patients in acute hospitals. Many factors contribute to the risk of falls in hospital. A fall with harm in hospital can have a detrimental impact on the outcome for a patient, with increased length of stay and after-effects of injury resulting in distress for both patient and family and an increased risk of requiring ongoing care and support on discharge.  Effective risk assessment and intervention can help prevent patients from falling thus ensuring they are safely cared for during their time as an inpatient.


Essential Learning Resources

Recommended Learning Resources

 learnPro modules (Falls Prevention Training):

 GGC: 215 An Introduction to Falls

 GGC: 216 The Falls Bundle of Care

 GGC: 217 Risk Factors for Falls (Part 1)

 GGC: 218 Risk Factors For Falls (Part 2)

 GGC: 219 What to do when your patient falls

 GGC: 221 Bedrails

 The Falls Homepage has extensive resources including guidance on inpatient documentation, patient information leaflets and the Hoverjack ©


Professional and Organisational Policy and Guidance

Guidelines for the Prevention and Management of falls in adults aged 16 and over

Policy for the Prevention and Management of falls in adults aged 16 and over

Last Updated: 29 September 2020