Medicines Review to Prevent Falls and Fracture

The UKCPA/JOMO study day has become the main event in the respiratory pharmacy calendar. Despite the challenges this year this speakers and sessions were excellent.
NHS attendee at the UKCPA/JOMO respiratory study day
Satellite Medicines Review to Prevent Falls and Fracture
Speakers Heather Smith, Consultant Pharmacist, Older People / Interfaces of Care, Leeds Teaching Hospital NHS Trust and NHS Leeds Clinical Commissioning Group
Satellite Description

This session will cover:

  • Why older people are at higher risk of falls and fractures than the general population
  • Which medicines have the potential to cause falls, the mechanisms behind this and the evidence base for medicines and falls
  • Which medicines can increase the risk of fracture and how to reduce fracture risk
  • Review of a case in small groups

Heather has worked as a Consultant Pharmacist at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust since January 2013 and works for NHS Leeds CCG 1 day per week reviewing complex patients and supporting primary care pharmacists. Heather leads on improving medicines optimisation for older people, including improving medicines communication and handover for older people being discharged from the Trust and leading the Connect with Pharmacy project for referring patients to Community Pharmacy. Heather has also been involved in a number of continuous improvement work streams to reduce falls. Heather’s research work includes deprescribing and jointly supervising a PhD student with the University of Bradford researching medicines pathways for frail older people with another joint PhD in pharmacogenomics in older people starting soon. She has a keen interest in education and training and is a fellow of the Faculty of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society.

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