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Getting Up Following a Fall

Who is involved?

Theme: ARC - Complex Care
Status: Live


Falls are the most common reason for ambulance call-outs resulting in non-conveyance. Even in the absence of injury, only half of those who have fallen can get themselves up off the floor. Many remain there for over an hour, increasing complication risks.

It is feasible to teach people techniques to help get themselves up off the floor, yet these techniques are rarely taught. To date, there is no published data on attitudes towards teaching and learning these techniques.


Our study aimed to investigate older people, carer and staff attitudes towards seeking help and using techniques to get-up following a fall.


We conducted a focus group and qualitative interviews with 28 participants including; community-dwelling older people who had experienced a non-injurious fall; carers; physiotherapists; occupational therapists; paramedics and community first responders.

Following analysis we developed a model of factors affecting an individual’s capability to get up following a fall.


National British Geriatric Society Spring 2020 meeting (abstract accepted)

Physiotherapy UK 2020 (abstract submitted)

Paper currently being prepared for submission

NHS Inform ‘What to do if you fall’ and ‘Upwards and Onwards’ resources 

Next steps

We are working with the PenARC Patient and Public Involvement Group to develop participant feedback materials and dissemination



Dr Suzy Hope (CMH/RD&E)
Maria Robinson (SWAST)
Ben Kent (CMH)