Hip fracture is the most common serious injury in older people, costing the NHS and social care £1bn a year. A fifth of people who fracture their hip won’t return to their own home, and nearly a third will die within a year. High-quality, safe care requires the coordinated effort of a multidisciplinary team, and the implementation of best practice, evidence-based care.
This programme is a safety collaborative across 6 NHS Trusts in England which is funded by The Health Foundation, led by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and supported by RUBIS.Qi.
It aims to introduce a proven intervention of additional nutritional support to save lives and secure greater independence for those who fracture their hips. We are also keen to influence national policy to ensure that nutritional assistants are routinely included in multidisciplinary teams in the future to optimise hip fracture care – this collaborative will help us explore the mechanisms to change Best Practice Tariff arrangements with this ambition in mind.