Expanding ‘Steady on Your Feet’ Falls Self Assessment Website
What is the challenge your project is going to address and how does it connect to the theme?
Steady on Your Feet was built with Lottery funding and charities local to South Tees. The software developer is Better Agency. Northamptonshire was added and we would like to provide access to residents of the BOB (Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire) Integrated Care Board. The Falls Leads and Improvement Teams from each area are engaged and enthusiastic. South Tees who have most experience using the tool would like to use this opportunity to enhance the web site to include muscle strength exercises to further promote falls prevention. The tool would provides a falls self-assessment with personalised action plan for those at risk of or concerned about falling. In Buckinghamshire it forms part of the Falls Pathway re-design and management of backlog of referrals to the Falls Specialist Team. It also links to the Frailty strategy for anticipatory and preventative care planning.
What does your project aim to achieve?
Provide access to Falls risk self-assessment tool to residents in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
To provide advice and guidance to those who do not meet the threshold for full multifactorial assessment by the Falls Specialist Team
To assess impact on Falls Pathway in Buckinghamshire and inform re-design.
To promote self-management and falls prevention particularly for those with Clinical Frailty Score of 3-5.
To facilitate feedback from stakeholders e.g. patients, GPs and carers.
To provide access to advice and guidance via the internet to cohorts of individuals who are not confident to access formal healthcare services .
How will the project be delivered?
Working group will be established across BOB with Falls and Improvement Leads to develop content applicable to local areas (e.g. contacts, referrals to local services etc), develop local communications plan and integrate into local Falls improvement plan.
The working group will include the web designer company.
Also the South tees Falls lead to develop the content with new exercises.
In Buckinghamshire this fills a gap where there is no further input to patients who are referred into the Falls Pathway and do not meet the criteria for an assessment with the Falls Specialist Team. Referral rates at different touch points of the pathway will be monitored. A hypothesis is that with access to the tool GPs will refer less patients and there will be less burden on the triage function in the pathway.
Questionnaire for web site users to be developed for feedback.
Licence for 3 years included in costings.
How is your project going to share learning?
Increased awareness nationally about the web site.
An additional aim of the group will be to learn from the process of onboarding the Bucks/Berks/Oxfordshire region to make it more efficient and cheaper to onboard new geographical regions/Trusts and spread access to the tool.
There will be learning from how this impacts on the referral pathway which can be shared in the networks attended by the Falls Leads.
Also learning from take-up about self management.
How you can contribute
- Additional ideas about measurement.
- I'm not sure this would impact on the number of people attending front door with Falls but we could monitor.
- Any experience about in communications of health promotion/preventative initiatives and encouraging public engagement
|21 Mar 2022||Content and population review by BOB team|
|19 Jun 2022||Kick off and Scoping|
|3 Jul 2022||Core Feature Development and Upgrades|
|1 Aug 2022||Regional Web site set up for BOB|
|18 Sep 2022||Final snagging and preparations to go live|
|30 Sep 2022||Sign off and Go Live|