Devon Falls Prevention Pathway

This programme is currently not open.

Well UK was awarded a grant by Devon County Council to lead an innovative  Falls Prevention Pathway which links and progresses service users of clinical care to community based exercise classes.

The programme was a ‘test of change' for DCC which aims The overall aim is to ensure a consistent evidenced based exercise pathway for people at risk of falls and fractures and to support people who have already fractured.  A key feature was that community based services  integrate with NHS delivered exercise groups and one to one work and with the wider falls pathway for example fracture liaison, falls clinics, community rehabilitation and wider primary prevention such as home safety programmes.

Initially the project was being developed in five localities across Devon (Exeter, Tiverton, Ivybridge, Bideford and Tavistock) and in each location there will be three integrating services:

  • Evidenced based strength and balance exercise classes ensure that their classes are appropriately supervised by fully trained instructors (PSI and OTAGO) within an evidence based exercise pathway alongside NHS led groups and one to one interventions with a clear distinction in entry criteria between Well UK and NHS groups. 
  • Falls prevention interventions with selected care homes by training and supplying volunteers to support Care homes. Well UK will help selected care homes to introduce a range of interventions i.e. staff champions, falls risk screening of residents, assessments and actions around physical hazards and environment of care homes, medication review, vitamin supplements & diet, evidence based exercise.
  • Support to locally based community based groups to ensure they are delivering appropriate evidenced based exercise alongside wider wellbeing advice. Well UK will undertake an assessment of such groups to ascertain the support needed to offer appropriate and evidence based exercise and falls prevention advice. They will ensure that falls prevention advice is linked into signposting to other primary prevention activities ie. home safety, health promotion activities, groups for other long term conditions, dementia café's etc (community hubs)

 As a ‘test of change' DCC evaluated

  • The organisational ( including financial benefits) realised
  • Improved personal outcomes for those using the services
  • The feasibility of such services being delivered on a consortia basis across the voluntary and community sector
  • The additional social and quality of life outcomes achieved through engagement with the voluntary and community sectors
  • The opportunity for volunteers in supporting the falls project


Well UK is registered in England company number 6689447. The registered office is Westbank HLC, Farmhouse Rise, Exminster, Exeter EX6 8AT.

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