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Certificate in the Awareness of Prevention of Falls Level 2

Our Level 2 Certificate in the Awareness and Prevention of Falls (RQF) is an accredited qualification on which you will learn how to understand falls prevention, in the context of health and social care.

The four modules are theory based, provided as a remote learning opportunity with assignments, workbooks and resources provided.

Course Details

Qualification Name: Level 2 Certificate in the Awareness and Prevention of Falls (RQF)
Accreditation: iCQ OfQual recognised qualification
OfQual Qualification Accreditation Number (QAN): 603/4859/8
Average time to completion: 4 to 6 weeks

Course Content

Module 1

Understanding the context of falls

Understand the legislation and guidance relating to falls and falls prevention

  1. Describe current legislation relating to falls and falls prevention including: – safeguarding and duty of care – health and safety – moving and handling
  2. Outline the current guidance relating to falls prevention from these bodies:
    • Health and Safety Executive (HSE)
    • National Service Framework (NSF) for England for older people (Standard six: falls) 2001
    • Public Health England – Falls and fracture consensus statement 2017
    • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence 2017
  3. State current national statistics relating to falls and older people

Understand the reasons for falls

  1. Define the term ‘fall’
  2. Identify situations or activities that may cause an individual to fall
  3. Describe fall-related injuries
  4. Outline the reasons why the risk of falling and bone fractures may increase with age
  5. Describe why falls should not be viewed as an expected consequence of ageing

Understand the consequences of falls

  1. Outline how falls can be a concern in different settings including:
    • Hospitals
    • Residential care
    • In the community
  2. Explain how falls can impact on an individuals’ well-being including:
    • Physical
    • Psychological
    • Social
  3. Explain the financial costs of falls and bone fractures to:
    • Individuals
    • The NHS
    • Care services including residential homes, community care
  4. Describe the potential impact of falls on health and social care service providers

Understand the benefits of falls awareness and prevention

  1. Outline own duties and responsibilities in falls prevention and awareness
  2. Identify the benefits of falls awareness and prevention programmes for:
    • Individuals who require support
    • Individuals who care for others
    • Health and social care service providers
  3. Describe different methods which can be used to raise awareness of the risks and consequences of falls
  4. Explain the duties and responsibilities of health and social care service providers in reducing the occurrence and effect of falls

Module 2

Understanding the factors and risks of falls

Understand factors that can increase the likelihood of falls

  1. Describe factors that might contribute to an individual being susceptible to falls including:
    • medical/clinical
    • sensory
    • psychological
    • lifestyle
  2. List factors in the physical environment that can increase the risk of falls
  3. Outline how the physical health and wellbeing of an individual can impact on the risk of falls
  4. Explain how unsafe practice of others may contribute to the risk of falls

Know how risk profiles are used to identify the likelihood of falls for older people

  1. Explain what a risk profile is
  2. Describe how risk profiles can vary among older people including:
    • active older people living in the community
    • older people who require support to live in the community
    • older people in a hospital setting
    • residents living in a care home

Understand how falls may be caused by personal factors

  1. Describe how aspects of an individual’s physical health and well-being may cause them to fall
  2. Explain how specific health conditions may be associated with falls including:
    • neurological conditions (eg Parkinson’s Disease)
    • osteoporosis
    • postural hypotension
    • infection
    • stroke
    • cognitive impairment
  3. Outline how medication use can impact on the risk of falls
  4. Explain how the psychological well-being of an individual may contribute to and cause them to fall
  5. Identify how lifestyle factors could result in a fall including:
    • unsuitable clothing and footwear
    • alcohol and substance use
    • nutrition and hydration

Module 3

Understanding the assessment, recording and reporting requirements of falls

Know what a ‘multi-factorial approach’ is and how it is used to benefit falls prevention Knowledge

  1. Outline the term ‘multi-factorial approach’ in relation to falls prevention
  2. Explain why a multi-factorial approach to falls awareness and prevention is important
  3. Outline the components that should be included in a multi-factorial assessment

Understand how falls should be assessed, monitored and recorded

  1. Explain why the monitoring of falls is important
  2. Outline procedures for reporting and recording falls within legal guidelines including:
    • Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations (2013)
    • requirements of the regulatory authority (CQC)
    • local authority requirements
  3. Outline how falls should be recorded and monitored in own setting
  4. Explain how and when information relating to a history of falls should be communicated between different services or care settings

Know and understand the reasons for effective risk assessments

  1. Describe why risk assessments for individuals likely to fall should be carried out
  2. Outline the content of an environmental risk assessment

Understand the importance of learning from falls to improve care

  1. Explain how and when safeguarding concerns should be raised in relation to falls incidents
  2. Describe the reasons why a review should take place following a fall
  3. Outline strategies that should be implemented following a fall
  4. Explain why training in falls awareness and prevention is important

Understand multi-agency and specialist support available for falls prevention

  1. Describe how organisational policies and procedures should be used to reduce the incidence and minimise harm from falls
  2. Describe the roles of professionals involved with falls prevention including:
    • Occupational Therapists
    • Physiotherapists
    • Falls teams
    • Reablement services
  3. Define the term multidisciplinary approach
  4. Outline the importance of a multidisciplinary approach in relation to falls management
  5. Identify national and local sources of support and information
  6. Describe the support available in your local area

Module 4

Understanding best practice in relation to falls management

Know methods and interventions to reduce the risk of falls

  1. Describe a range of interventions that can mitigate individual risk factors including these:
    • cognitive impairments
    • health problems that may increase the risk of falling
    • postural hypotension
    • mobility problems and/or balance problems
    • medication
    • continence problems
    • vision impairment
    • footwear
    • psychological factors
  2. Explain how aspects of the care environment can be modified to reduce the incidence of falls
  3. Identify how assistive technology can be used to minimise the risk of falls including:
    • mobility aids
    • telecare
    • aids and adaptations (including grab rail, adapting shower)
    • modifications to the environment

Understand how individuals can reduce the risk of a fall

  1. Describe the ways in which health care and social care workers can encourage individuals to participate in falls prevention programmes
  2. Explain how evidence-based falls prevention exercise can benefit an individual in reducing the potential of falls
  3. Outline the steps that individuals can take to reduce the likelihood of a fall

Understand how to reduce the impact and minimise harm in the event of a fall

  1. Outline the actions to be taken to safeguard an individual during a fall
  2. Describe the steps taken to minimise the risks to a care worker when supporting an individual during a fall
  3. State what good practice measures are when supporting an individual during a fall
  4. Identify what must not be done when an individual is falling
  5. Outline the immediate care and support of an individual following a fall
  6. Describe how and when further assistance may be needed in different care settings following a fall
  7. Describe why it is important to use approved moving and positioning techniques and equipment

Enrolment and Delivery

Please use our enquiry form or contact us by telephone if you have any queries about this qualification or would like to express an interest to enrol onto this course. A member of our team will be happy to answer any questions, help to make sure this course is right for you and/or your staff team, and talk you through what is involved in enrolment and course completion.

Upon enrolment, you will be assigned a personal tutor who will assist you through achieving successful and meaningful completion of your award. All of the electronic resources, workbooks and assignments required for you to complete the course will be emailed to you for you to commence working with at a time of your convenience. Your tutor will work with you to set targets and milestones that are achievable for you and will check in with you regularly, providing assistance whenever necessary.

On successful completion of your award, your assessor will coordinate with the awarding body for the issuance of your certificate, which will be promptly delivered to you.

Funding and Pricing

Including Assignment, Workbook and Resources:

The full cost of this qualification is £120 per person which is duly invoiced at the point of enrolment.

* You will need to be registered with the Workforce Development Fund if you wish to claim back costs.
** The claim-back £GBP value quoted above was correct as of 28th March 2022.

Upon completion and certification of this qualification, the certificate(s) for your staff members will be sent to you along with all of the supporting data and information required for you to submit your WDF costs claim. This makes the claims process very simple and straightforward. This service is provided as part of the original service charge. No extra fees will apply.

Funding Availability for Care Employers

This care qualification can be funded by Skills for Care as part of the Workforce Development Fund (WDF). The Workforce Development Fund (WDF) is funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). It supports the provision of high-quality care and the continuing professional development (CPD) of staff across the adult social care sector by providing a contribution towards the costs of vocational learning. The fund allows you to claim back money towards the costs of workers completing a broad range of adult social care qualifications, learning programmes and digital learning modules.

Organisations wishing to access the funding must meet the Adult Social Care Workforce Data Set (ASC-WDS) requirements for WDF. Further details on this can be accessed on the Skills for Care Website here.

Quality Assurance

This Level 2 Certificate in the Awareness and Prevention of Falls is accredited to the Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF), the new framework for creating and accrediting qualifications in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OfQual) regulates this qualification, examinations and assessments in England.

Complete Training is an approved registered centre with the OFQUAL regulated awarding organisation ‘I Can Qualify‘ (iCQ). All our qualifications are subject to both internal and external quality assurance processes to ensure we meet all of the awarding body specifications. All course materials are developed to meet the specific outcomes that make up the full qualification.

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