Who Cares about Falls?   RITA Does!
Zero Falls in 22 days

Update: Committed to the ongoing successes at North Cumbria University Hospitals.  We were invited to meet with the Teams at Cumberland Infirmary where we met   Liz Klein (Head of Nursing clinical standards), Mairi Clarke – Falls Prevention Lead (Member of National Falls Practitioner Working GroupThey were delighted to advise that during the period Nov – Dec 2018, they had 22 consecutive days without falls, which they advised had been unheard of and felt it was something that should be published. “We are very proud of this”!   The Trust have been able to report the usage of the ‘RITA’ units on the wards and measure against their mandatory falls reporting.

As a result of these outcomes, they have committed to purchase 2 further ‘RITA’ packages to use as part of their embedded care plan at the Trust and we continue to support the training in this initiative.


Over the 3 months since July to September, we have been able to reduce our falls by 76.9% and we have no reason to suspect that this positive reducing trend will not continue.

Ongoing results to follow.

Further, we had the opportunity to delve a little deeper into the last comments illustrated in an earlier case study and report these as follows. The findings in the case study were on an Elderly Ward


A harmed fall can cost the Trust upwards of £70K.  However, I am strongly of the view that any fall causes harm! So, this was one of the many areas where we decided to place significant focus and how we can improve the patient experience for the elderly and particularly those living with dementia and reduce the risk to meet with our over-riding strategic aim of high quality, safe and effective service for our patients.

Having conducted a great deal of research into many different alternatives, we decided to try ‘RITA’.   This has been our additional resource and it has been powerful in stimulating the elderly patients on Elm C Ward.  We noticed the falls rate on our other ward, Willow A had increased and as Falls Prevention Lead, quickly realised this was something we needed to address.  We brought ‘RITA’ onto Willow A Ward, the change was significant.

Mairi Clark -Falls Prevention Lead

Member of the National Falls Practitioner Working Group

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust is an acute hospital trust dedicated to providing the best possible care, serving a population of around 320,000 people. We are located in one of the most geographically remote areas and serve the third most sparsely distributed population in England. Around 51% of the total Cumbrian population live in rural communities.

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