An introduction to Falls Prevention in Primary Care – Joanne Davies, Falls Co-ordinator, BCUHB East.
Joanne is based in the Maelor but predominantly works in community settings.
Joanne highlighted the scale of falls and provided an opportunity to understand evidence based interventions and services to assist people who have fallen or are at risk of falls.
At least 95% of hip fractures are due to falls, with osteoporosis playing a contributory factor (Lothian NHS 2011).
Joanne explained the referral to the community falls service. A FRAT tool is used to assess risk of falls. First phase referrals are received from primary care, WAST, ED, SPoA and mobile response teams. The falls team has worked the C&R and the Red Cross. Falls prevention work is dual focussed. Audit work carried out July 2016, identified the need for a falls pack. Care homes are asked to carry out a review of safety to reduce falls.
Giving Financial Advice – Dave Sheridan MIMA (Cert), Caia Park Community Council
Talk on Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Dave has provided debt advice for 16 years. The FCA is relatively new, took over from the FSA and the office of fair trading. The FCA is backed by the bank of England. The FCA can look at particular laws. The not for profit sector also now falls under the FCA rules and regulations.
The average to complete a form for an FCA licence is 15 days. You have to be regulated if providing advice around debt and money. The FCA handbook is available on the website. Dave is happy to email his presentation to attendees.
‘Advice’ means giving an opinion as a guide to action to be taken. Debt advice is debt counselling, debt adjusting, and debt administration. A licence is needed for a debt worker and any key/support worker. Without a licence, the giving of debt advice is against the law and could lead to imprisonment (2 years) and an unlimited fine. Signpost people to CAB, step change, national debt line, pay plan, business debt line, tax aid, FCA.
How are you feeling about GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)?
This session provided the opportunity for attendees to feedback how they and their organisations are feeling about GDPR.
Organisations/groups should have they been contacted by the LA re GDPR. Jan Thomas reported that the FDF CIL have not been contacted to date. It is the responsibility of the LA to engage with organisations. FLVC and AVOW are running training sessions. Boards need to be aware of the significance of GDPR. Fran has compiled a list of resources available. She will send these out. She also provided guides to good practice, subject access requests. Fran will also contact Ruth in BCUHB to discuss what they are doing and the statutory sector.
Alternative to violence taster session – Judy Evans, Alternatives to Violence Project (AVP)
The AVP is a charity encourages groups of people to learn how to manage conflict and build healthier relationships. AVP was developed in the 70s in America by prisoners and came over to Britain in the 80s.
AVP workshops are for anyone who would like to deal with conflict positively and build good relationships. The workshops could help to handle strong feelings better, and deal with difficult situations without resorting to or becoming the victim of violence.
The workshops usually run over a weekend, Friday evening to Sunday afternoon (16 hours), and are normally non-residential. A demonstration of the workshop was provided to give attendees a taste of some of the activities and methods used, and to consider how AVP may be used in different contexts. Workshops have been done in prisons, carers, parents.
The cost of a weekend workshop is £95, but a sliding scale is operated between £10 and £95, depending on people’s circumstances. The taster sessions can be provided free-of-charge. Very keen to run workshops in North Wales.
The workshops can be booked by contacting: email@example.com or 07763 459 357 (South Wales) | 07572 091 180 (North Wales). You can also book through the AVP website at www.avpbritain.org.uk. Dates for upcoming workshops can be found at: www.facebook.com/avp.southwales or https://twitter.com/AVPSouthWales.