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Make Falls Awareness everyone’s business


The Trust, together with the Primary Care Multi-disciplinary Teams held a very successful ‘Falls Prevention’ Health Event at Foyle Arena on 21 September 2022. The event ran in conjunction with falls prevention week (19 September to 25 September 2022) and encompassed the additional themes of frailty, isolation and loneliness.

The event was attended in high numbers by the public, carers and staff and approximately 60 people were evaluated by the multi-disciplinary teams.

The event was delivered in collaboration with Ann Marie Conlon, Falls Integrated Pathway Coordinator at the Western Trust, the Primary Care Multi-disciplinary Team Social Work Assistants based within GP Practices and a number of stakeholders from Trust services and community organisations.   

A vast number of different stakeholders supported the event including Social Workers within the GP Practice Multi-disciplinary Team; The Falls Integrated Pathway Co-ordinator; Staff from the Older Persons Assessment and Liaison Service; Council Home Safety Officers; Pendant Alarm Providers; Police Service Northern Ireland; Public Health Agency; Carers Groups; Falls Prevention Occupational Therapy; Sensory Support; The Healthy Living Centres; Waterside Neighbourhood Partnership; Benefit Support; Housing Support; Equipment and adaptation support; Transport; Community Networking Groups; Care Opinion; Health Improvement; Mental Health Supporting Services; Alzheimer’s Society; Physical and Learning Disability Supporting Services.

Charmaine McNally, Social Work Manager at the Western Trust said: “I would like just to take this opportunity to give the social work assistants the recognition they deserve for planning and co-ordinating the Falls Health Event. They have worked collaboratively, harnessing all of their skills and pulled together such a vast array of services that were available on the day.”