Forever Autumn Community of Practice (COP) was established in January 2014 as a result of a growing interest by health care professionals on the work being developed in St Mary’s around falls prevention and bone health. Falls and falls related injuries are costing our health service and economy in excess of €500 million a year and are set to rise with our ageing population. The aim of this COP is to provide informal and formal support, guidance and continued education on falls reduction, prevention and management.
The objective of the COP is to provide a collaborative network for health care staff. The COP currently has 78 members from across the care settings – acute, community, residential and intellectual disabilities. The membership body is made up of nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dieticians, radiographer, pharmacists and doctor.
Over the past three years the COP has developed an education resource for the Intellectual Disability Sector on bone health and falls awareness – www.happybones.ie , hosted a Falls Prevention and Management Conference and presented its work at conferences nationally and internationally. It has supported the implementation of falls prevention programmes in many healthcare facilities and also provides a platform for sharing of information and research on falls prevention and reduction strategies. All the work of the COP is available here.
About the Community of Practice
Communities of Practice are '..groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly' (Wenger)