FINANCE: Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital Trust faces “significant challenges” in meeting its quarter four target for inpatient falls.

In response it has instigated a daily alerting system for falls to proactively investigate frequent fallers and areas reporting multiple falls.

Slips, trips and falls policy has been ratified by Health and Safety Executive Committee.

Accountability for the completion of reportable injuries will be devolved to matrons and ward managers in March 2011.

The senior nursing teams are currently undertaking serious in depth reviews in clinical areas which have been identified as hotspots following the preliminary
quality visits. These will explore further the assessment and management of patients at risk of falls.