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Project: Falls in Care Homes (FinCH Imp2 study)

Carer helping older lady to walk
Falls in Care Homes National Implementation Study 

Principle Investigator:  Professor Pip Logan

Team members: Dr Jane Horne, Dr Fran Allen, Maureen Godfrey, Professor Adam Gordon, Professor John Gladman, Dr Katie Robinson, Dr Paul Leighton, Dr Janet Darby, Michael Fletcher, Professor Gillian Manthorpe, Professor Barbara Hanratty, Professor Dan Lasserson, Professor Elizabeth Orton.

Partners: Nottingham University Hospitals (NHS) Trust; Leicestershire County Council (Local Government); University of Newcastle, Kings College London; NHS Bromley CCG;  Northumbria-Healthcare NHS Trust.

Research sites: East Midlands, North East (North Cumbria), West Midlands and South London.

Starts:  1/10/2021

Ends:  30/9/2023 

Lay Summary

People who live in care homes are at great risk of falling.  Falls are common, harmful, costly, and difficult to prevent. The Guide to Action for Falls Prevention Care Homes (GtACH) programme trains and supports care home staff to identify the reasons why residents fall and then guides them to complete actions to reduce falls. In a large multicentre randomised controlled trial called the FinCH trial (1), the GtACH programme was cost-effective and reduced falls by 43%. We now need to research how to deliver the GtACH programme in ‘real life’ outside a research trial.

We will work with three regions – East Midlands, South London and the North-East - to develop and research ideas about taking up the GtACH training programme which can be used nationwide. 

Using an approach to talking to people in care homes called Normalisation Process Theory (NPT) we will consider the work that people do in managing falls to assess whether GtACH becomes routine practice. NPT will help us to think about those things which help and those which hinder the adoption of GtACH.

We have three work packages:

WP1. Quality Improvement Collaboratives (QIC) will bring care home and healthcare staff together to develop and research ways to implement the GtACH.

WP2. The QIC site teams will implement GtACH in 25 care homes per region (60 in total). Data from all homes and residents (about 2000 residents) will tell us the extent to which GtACH has been taken up in the homes.

WP3. We will develop ‘toolkits’ of materials for care homes; containing the GtACH, a ‘return on investment’ calculator, the implementation package, and a ‘how to’ guide for establishing Communities of Practice to deliver and sustain the GtACH across regions.

This study has been developed in collaboration with care home managers, care home staff, NHS clinicians and our active Patient, Public, Involvement (PPI) group who are co applicants. Going forward we have identified new PPI partners from Ashington and Bromley. We will talk by videoconferencing if needed.

The study will be completed by July 2023 and we will disseminate our findings on the ARC-EM website, producing a short trailer video for YouTube, and through articles in journals and MyHomeLife Magazine. We will link our website on the national forums of the National Care Forum, Skills for Care, and Care England, Age UK, and the Alzheimer’s Society, and hold webinars for funders and managers