Falls Event 2019
Enfield's Falls Awareness Day 2019 was held at Fusion’s Edmonton Leisure Centre, organised by the Over 50s Forum and funded by a grant from Enfield Clinical Commissioning Group, (partially through the FALL STOP Service commissioned by Enfield CCG from Age UK Enfield).
Across north central London (NCL) CCGs we have a set of target of reducing falls by 10%. Enfield has established infrastructure for prevention, pathways for signposting and low standardised rate of injuries due to falls so has been chosen as a pilot site by the NCL working group in 2019 for falls reduction.
Falls is an important priority for prevention in Enfield with our growing ageing population and across the NHS. Public Health Enfield have produced a data pack about falls in NCL which can be downloaded from the sidebar of this page, as well as a statistic pack related to A&E and hospital admissions.
Key statistics related to falls
- Over 65 age: 42,500 and growing in Enfield
- 805 residents in Enfield aged 65 and above were admitted for falls related injuries in 2016.
- In Enfield, of all ambulance calls-out to homes for people aged 65+, falls account for up to 40% (number).
- 1 in 8 falls led to an ambulance call-out in Enfield.
- In 2018/19, 676 patients attended A&E following a fall, at the cost of £137,851
- 330 patients in Enfield were admitted to hospital following a fall at the cost of £1,475,113
- 1 in 5 people who suffer a fall will die.
Falls have a financial cost to the NHS but they also can affect the long-term health, wellbeing, confidence and social isolation of older people.
The event focused on falls prevention, through education sessions and activities.
Enfield CCG's community pharmacy team led a session on polypharmacy which is the concurrent use of multiple medications by a patient. Polypharmacy is most common in the elderly, affecting about 40% of older adults living in their own homes. Our pharmacy team spoke to patients about the importance of safe usage of medicines, which can help to prevent falls.
The Over 50s Forum have produced an evaluation report of the event including the demographics of attendees. This year, the forum targeted invitations at the Over 75s, who are at increasing risk of falls.
The day was a success and of particular note is the percentage of people who had already suffered falls (45%) and the very high percentage (81% of respondents) who reported that the day had persuaded them to introduce measures to improve their health (a further 10% might take steps). The day appeals to people from across the Borough, with 40% coming from the deprived wards.