Professional Course

Assessment, Prevention and Management of Falls

Module details

Module code


Module level

Level 7

Module credits

20 credits

Next course date

September, January


Distance learning

Module description

Health care professionals working with older people are required to effectively identify the risk of, prevent and manage falls. As a health care practitioner must be able to critically evaluate current practices and fully appreciate both the assessment and therapeutic interventions available if competency and effective care is to be assured. 

This module aims to provide you with an appreciation of the patho-physiological processes involved and enable you to engage in and critically reflect on, assessment, treatment and monitoring of this health problem and hypothesise on its future impact on society.

You will study the definition of a fall, physiology of postural stability, risk factors for falls and associated risk factor tools, intervention strategies for preventing and managing falls and an overview of national guidance strategies. 

Who this course is for 

This course is aimed at all health and social care professionals. You must hold a professional health care qualification and be eligible to register with the relevant professional board. It’s a broad introductory module into the subject of falls management therefore may be studied by you if you are a specialist health and social care professional (older people, metabolic bone, rheumatology, etc) or if the management of falls forms a part of your general day to day role.

Course leader

Marie Cook

Learning outcomes

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate the epidemiology of falls in older people considering socio-economic, political and personal consequences of falls and fall related injuries.
  2. Critically review the issues pertinent to effective assessment, prevention and management of falls in older people.
  3. Undertake analysis and critical evaluation of current service provision for those at risk of falls or who have fallen.
  4. Evaluate and justify the requirements of a falls service.

Entry requirements

You must hold a professional health care qualification and be eligible to register with the relevant professional board.

If you don’t hold a BA/BSc qualification you should be a health care professional and have a minimum of two years clinical experience in osteoporosis, DXA, falls.

Fees and funding

If you are funding your own study, the module price will be confirmed shortly.

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Minimum numbers

Please note that this course is subject to minimum numbers in order to run.