Free NHS falls training for care home staff

New one-day training course helping care home staff support residents who suffer falls.

A new one-day training course, specially designed for care homes in the North East and North Cumbria, is helping staff give the best possible support to residents who suffer falls.

Falls training can give staff the confidence and skills to assess a resident’s condition, link with health professionals and ensure they receive the best possible care.

The course is delivered by the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, with funding from NHS England and support from the North East and North Cumbria Urgent and Emergency Care Network.

It follows an earlier scheme which helped over 400 care home staff – and won gold in the Most Innovative NHS Education Provider category at the Bright Ideas in Health Awards 2017.

This practical, hands-on course includes:
• Risk factors and how to assess them
• Practical tips to prevent falls
• Assistive technology – equipment used to promote independence
• How to help someone who has fallen
• Resuscitation and electronic defibrillation
• Medical emergencies resulting in falls – choking, stroke, fractures and dislocations, angina or heart attack, epilepsy

Benefits of falls training
• Know how to assess and treat residents who have fallen
• Increased staff confidence
• Better risk assessment and prevention
• Free continuous professional development
• Reassurance for families

To find out more, contact either:

  • John Mole at North East Ambulance Service on 0191 430 2289 or email
  • Emma Leather at North East Ambulance Service on 0191 430 2029 or email