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Falls Clinic Skills Workshop 

Welcome to our Falls Clinic. This is a 3 part series, consisting of 2 hour workshops, exploring how we can support people from falls assessments through to how it impacts them as an individual, and how we can physically support them to be more active and reduce their risk.

Each workshop can be attended as a standalone session.

The contributing factors that might increase someone’s risk of falls

People are often at risk of falls and this can be particularly a problem towards the end of life. In this first of 3 workshops we will explore the contributing factors that might increase someone’s risk of falls.  We will work practically to assess these risks using role play, volunteers and experiential work stations to give you a taste of what life might feel like for your patients / residents.

This can be used as a stand alone workshop or to optimise a holistic approach to falls assessments and management please attend all 3 workshops.

What will I learn?

Following this workshop you will understand the risks to be considered when completing a falls assessment. You will have had some experience of what it might feel like to be at risk of falls.

The impact that falls may have on someone’s emotional wellbeing and sense of self

This second workshop will explore the impact that falls may have on someone’s emotional wellbeing and sense of self and how we as professionals working with them can uphold them as an individual and improve their quality of life. We will explore the concept of identity and what that might mean to someone, We will build on the experiences of the previous session and continue to work with role play activities.

What I will learn?

Building on what you learnt in the first workshop, you will learn how fear of falling can undermine who we are as an individual and challenge you to think differently about how you interact and communicate so that you can enhance a sense of self.

Optimising someone’s physical function to enhance a sense of self and reduce risk of falls

This final workshop will look at optimising someone’s physical function to enhance a sense of self and reduce risk of falls. We will look at and practice the practical skills that you can use to support people around mobility and exercise as a non specialist professional.

What I will learn?

The theory behind the importance of exercise and activity, exploring motivation and goal setting will all be covered in this session. We will practice completing some exercises appropriate to people with all different levels of mobility.

These workshops are for anyone who has an interest in falls or works within a setting supporting people who may be at risk of falls.

This will be relevant to you if you are a nurse, health care assistant or allied health professional.

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Gail Preston

Gail has a wide ranging experience in Physiotherapy, coming to work at St Christopher’s in 2011. She has been involved in all aspects of Rehabilitation at St Christopher’s including developing the Living Well at Home Team (goal focused rehabilitation using volunteers). She was part of the Wellbeing team through recent COVID-19 pandemic, translating in-person services online and then back again in a new design. She is currently working clinically in outpatient rehab and as part of the Professional Learning team helping to deliver webinars, workshops, communities and the 2023 Multi Professional Academy week.
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