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Falls Assessment in Older People course for GPs

Speciality Classification
General Practice ( GP ) / Family Medicine
Time / Duration
20 minutes
Subject matter expert
eLearning for Healthcare
Endorsed By
RCGP, elfh, NHS

A third of people over the age of 65 will have at least one fall in the next year. Management in primary care aims to reduce the consequences of falls on the individual and society. This session considers risk factors for falling, provides a framework for GPs to assess patients who have fallen in the community, and reviews the management of older people at risk of falling.

This session was reviewed by Khyati Bakhai and last updated in January 2022.

Learning objectives

By the end of this session you will be able to:

  • identify the consequences of falls for elderly people
  • describe the risk factors for falling
  • explain the management of a patient who has fallen
  • describe ways that the risk of falls can be reduced

Falls result from a combination of both physical and social factors. They should not be thought of as an inevitable consequence of ageing.

Instructors / Speakers
Vinay Karanam,
GP, Liverpool

Vinay currently works as a GP in Liverpool. He has been a GP for three years. Vinay completed medical rotation before joining general practice.

His special interests are diabetes, for which he is practice lead, gynaecology, palliative care and elderly care. His is also a Clinical Auditor for Urgent Care 24 - out of hours GP organisation for Liverpool and Knowsley.

Vinay’s hobbies include photography, listening and watching Indian classical music and dance; and watching movies. He lives with his wife and young daughter who at the moment keeps Vinay and his wife on their toes.

Nataraj Kasaravalli,
GP, Crewe

For the past five years, Nataraj has worked as a GP in Crewe, Cheshire after finishing medical rotation.

His special interests are Diabetes, Minor surgery and care of elderly.

Nataraj’s hobbies include photography, and music. He lives with his wife and daughter in Cheshire.

Falls Assessment in Older People course for GPs
Interest Areas / Topics Covered
Agedcare, Geriatric Health (Aged Care and Continence )
Provider Type
Education Provider
Time / Duration
20 minutes
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