Falls Lifting - an additional service

Our pilot project to help people who fall in the home is going extremely well so far. We are running the Falls Lifting Pilot with Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group and the Urgent Care Board.

We aim to help customers who have had a fall in the home. If they aren’t injured, a trained member of our team will use specialised equipment to lift them as quickly and safely as possible.

Why did we set up the Falls Lifting pilot?

Before using this service, we would have to call an ambulance if a customer had fallen. This was the case, even if the customer felt they were not injured. The ambulance service does not give priority to calls about uninjured fallers. Sadly, this can mean customers will wait up to five hours for an ambulance to arrive. This delay can sometimes lead to further complications and is understandably distressing to the individual who has fallen.

We anticipate this is not a concern exclusive to Nottingham on Call. Does your organisation experience similar situations on a regular basis?

What does the new service offer?

If a customer activates their alarm following a fall, our expert call handlers will ‘triage’ the customer over the phone. If they say they are not injured, then one of our friendly team will be dispatched to assist the customer with getting back up.

We will usually arrive on-site within 15 minutes.  With support from the Urgent Care Board we have purchased state of the art lifting devices. These enable someone to be gently lifted back to their feet safely and swiftly.

Our fully trained team member will then assess whether any onward referral is required. For example – does that person need a Falls Assessment to determine their needs?  If we arrive on-site and find the customer is actually injured, we will call for an ambulance. This will arrive quicker, as we will be able to provide an accurate description of the customer’s condition. We can get expert clinical assistance from NEMS if we feel we need a second clinical opinion before lifting someone.

During the course of the pilot we will provide information directly to the Urgent Care Board. This will highlight the outcomes, which have been achieved through the service. This will help the Board to determine whether they will commission a non-medical Falls Lifting Service across the Greater Nottingham area.

How much will it cost?

We believe that the addition of the Falls Lifting service will add further value to the quality offer we provide. It will come at no extra cost to Nottingham on Call customers.

If you are interested in the Falls Lifting service for your customers, please get in touch to find out how we could support you.