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Taking steps to create healthier communities nationwide

We’re delighted to announce the latest milestone for our Steady On Your Feet platform, delivered in collaboration with NHS trusts and local authorities across the UK.

20th October 2023

Mark Easby

Mark Easby

Mark Easby

Written by Mark Easby,
Managing Director

The latest development sees the revolutionary solution rolled out for Cambridgeshire County Council and Peterborough City Council, with two more regions currently in development. Steady On Your Feet is a comprehensive, tailored fall prevention platform offering a blend of personalised plans, home hazard assessments, and strength and balance training resources.

It empowers older individuals to understand and reduce fall risks while promoting active and healthy living. Initially developed to support the South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust fall prevention strategy, the platform is now being implemented nationwide, including Northamptonshire, Devon and most recently Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

Steady On Your Feet - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Steady On Your Feet - Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

As an off-the-shelf solution, Steady On Your Feet is designed for seamless integration with existing fall prevention pathways, including flexibility and customisation options to meet specific needs. Aligned with NICE guidelines, the platform offers a holistic approach to fall prevention and active living for older individuals. Steady On Your Feet represents an effective and efficient innovation for NHS trusts and local authorities by streamlining fall prevention efforts and reducing related healthcare costs.

Director of Public Health at Cambridgeshire County Council, Jyoti Atri, explains:

“The theme of this year’s Falls Prevention Week is ‘Turn Awareness into Action’, and Steady On Your Feet is the ideal way to take action.”

“Falls are one of the most common causes of injury in older people, particularly as winter approaches and the weather gets colder and wetter. But many falls are avoidable, particularly if you understand your personal risks and act now to keep doing the things you enjoy.”

Councillor Richard Howitt, Chair of Cambridgeshire County Council’s Adults and Health Committee, added: “With one in three 65-year-olds having experienced a fall, I’m pleased that we are launching this new risk checker to help our residents stay stronger for longer.

 

The initiative embraced by Cambridgeshire County Council is an easy-to-navigate web tool. It helps residents identify their fall risks and provides simple, actionable steps to maintain their independence and active lifestyle.

Councillor Richard Howitt continues:

“This is a fantastic example of a tool which supports our ambitions to reduce health inequalities and for people to enjoy healthy, safe, and independent lives through timely support most suited to their needs.”

Our Managing Director, Mark Easby, commented: “We are immensely proud of this launch. It’s another significant step towards powering progress and adds to our growing network of fall prevention platforms across the UK.”

“The essence of this year’s Falls Prevention Week, ‘Turn Awareness into Action’, aligns strongly with our vision for Steady On Your Feet. We’re not just creating a platform; we’re shaping a community where prevention is prioritised, and every step counts towards reducing the risk of falls.”

Explore the new platform for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

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