Developing a falls management tool for adults with a learning disability - Winter Newsletter

Fourth edition of the developing a falls management tool for adults with a learning disability newsletter. This issue looks at what the study team have been busy working on and some exciting developments!

What is the study about?
The study aims to develop a falls management tool to support adults with a learning disability (and those working with them) to think about the reasons they might fall and what could be done to reduce the chance of falling.

What have they done so far?

  • Completed our interviews with the help of adults with a learning disability, carers and healthcare professionals.
  • From the interview feedback, they decided to make two parts to the tool- one part aimed at clinicians and the other part aimed at adults with a learning disability and carers to be able to use.
  • The content of the tools have been checked by a group of clinical experts.
  • Developed the clinician tool and will finish the tool for adults with a learning disability and carers by Christmas.

What is New?

New name: The study is now called Action Falls for ALD 

New website: Information about the study can now be found on their website, along with details on how to get in touch- they would love to hear from you.

New Presentations: Over the past few months we have been busy sharing the study results and everyone’s hard work. In September Katie presented at a learning event for the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists for People with Learning Disabilities and also at the International conference on falls and postural stability.

And Nicola worked alongside a fantastic team from Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and Dimensions to present at the British Institute of Learning Disabilities conference. Sue Knowles from the Patient and Public Involvement group came along and really enjoyed the day:

 I am glad I attended the conference…. it was so well organized and made me more aware of how much more
needs to be done to make sure all services are inclusive to everybody

What’s next for the study?
The study and newsletters will be paused from Christmas until next autumn as Katie is on maternity leave. When Katie returns we will try out the tools with a local group of adults with a learning disability, carers and clinicians, to see what
they think about using them. We will also restart the newsletter to keep you up to date.

Winter Newsletter Issue Four -Developing a falls management tool for adults with a learning disability

Have a wonderful Christmas and happy New Year

Katie Robinson-Study Lead

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