Launched in November 2014 to combat winter pressures, and part funded by NHS Eastern Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group Resilience Fund, the falls project has seen TrustLink successfully forge partnerships with health, social care and the third sector.
The service is aimed at patients who have fallen and require an ambulance response. Whereas often these patients would be conveyed to hospital for observation only, they can now remain at home and be referred, following clinical assessment, by North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) to TrustLink following a falls pathway. Following the referral, a TrustLink Falls Advisor will visit the client (usually within 24 hours) to undertake a falls risk assessment, identifying and
addressing issues that might be contributing to the risk of falling.