Free if you meet the eligibility criteria (click here for details) and if you complete the course (click here for details of our terms and conditions)
As people age they become more and more susceptible to falls, and the statistics are startling. Six people over the age of 65 years fall every minute in the UK. That’s 10,000 falls every single day. The personal costs can be devastating, including broken bones, reduced mobility, loss of confidence and fear. In fact, the fear of falling again can be more debilitating than the physical injuries caused by a fall, with many people retreating into social isolation. As a result, falls are one of the major reasons why an older person has to move into residential care.
The reassuring news is that many falls are preventable with the right support and interventions in place. This course aims to increase people’s awareness of falls and why they happen. It will also provide candidates with a comprehensive overview of the many strategies that can be used to prevent falls from happening.
Who is the course suitable for?
This qualification is aimed at anyone working in a health or social care environment, particularly those who support, or have contact with, older people who have an increased propensity to falls. It will also be useful to individuals who support family members or friends who are at risk of falling.
You do not need to have any formal qualifications in order to follow this course, but you will need to demonstrate commitment and motivation to work through the specially prepared distance-learning materials.
How is the course delivered?
Candidates work through the course materials for the programme at times convenient to them, so there is no need to attend the college to gain the qualification. The learning materials contain the knowledge needed to meet the assessment requirements of the course and activities to allow candidates to practice their skills and test their learning. Assessments are based on a combination of knowledge and skills learned on the programme and work-based activities and experience. This course is available online or paper based. Learners should aim to complete the course within 12 weeks.
The course will cover the following areas and consists of two modules:
- Module A: Falls in context. The risk factors and causes of falls.
- Module B: Falls assessment and prevention. Managing falls.
The qualification aims to provide a sound preparation for further study and access to a range of vocational qualifications including Diplomas in Health and Social Care.
Course Number (please note for application form): N3TMT