Safe Steps - preventing falls, improving lives
Safe Steps is a digital falls risk assessment tool, designed to reduce the number of falls in care homes.
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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.
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Impact & Outcomes
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.