Community Falls Service – South Manchester

About our team

We are the South Manchester Community Falls Team – a specialist multi-disciplinary team. We are part of the Integrated Community Rehabilitation Service (ICRS) which provides a rehabilitation service across the 4 neighbourhoods in South Manchester. Teams are multi-disciplinary and include Community Falls Team, Community Therapy Team (Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy) and Early Supported Discharge Stroke Team. The Community Handling team and South Parkinson’s Nurse Service also managed within ICRS.

Who we help

The Community Falls Team is a specialist multi-disciplinary team consisting of Physiotherapists, an Occupational Therapist, a Falls Nurse and Therapy Assistants and also includes sessional input from Podiatry and Pharmacy support. We provide a home assessment for patients who have fallen or who are at high risk of falling and who have the potential to engage in a falls prevention programme.

The aim of the service is to provide an individual treatment plan to highlight potential falls risks, maximise independence, restore confidence and reduce the risk of future falls.

How we help

We provide specialist falls rehabilitation to people over the age of 60. Patients are seen in their own homes.

  • Environmental checks and equipment provision to reduce the risk of falls
  • Tailored exercise programmes to improve strength and balance
  • Walking aids to reduce risks of falls
  • Osteoporosis/ fracture risk assessment
  • Lying and standing blood pressure checks
  • Medication advice
  • Falls management strategies
  • Strategies to help with fear of falling and confidence building

Signposting to community activities, groups and exercise programmes

Referral Criteria and Process

  • Adults aged 60 and over
  • Patients registered with a South Manchester GP
  • Patients who have consented to receive the support of the South Manchester Falls Team
  • Patients must not be a resident of a nursing or residential home
  • Patients able to mobilise independently (with or without walking aids)
  • Patients with recent falls history or at high risk of falls/fractures
  • Patients must be cognitively and physically able to engage in a falls prevention programme; including understanding and following falls advice and home activity programme in standing
  • Patients not currently receiving falls prevention intervention from other community services
  • Patients who are medically stable and do not require acute hospital care
  • Patients for whom falls prevention is manageable in the home environment rather than another setting

Referrals can be made by telephone or email to the Single Point of access service.

Single Point of Access (SPA)
Tel: 0300 3039650
Email: mft.spa-uhsm@nhs.net

Referrals can also be made directly to the service via email;

Community Therapy Service
Email: mft.uhsmcommunityrehab@nhs.net

The South Manchester Specialist Community Falls Service also run promotional events throughout the year in a range of community settings and accept self-referrals

Download referral form

Contact Us

Address:
Wythenshawe Offices,
1 Stancliffe Road,
Wythenshawe,
M22 4PJ

Tel: 0161 946 8227
Email: mft.uhsmcommunityrehab@nhs.net

Hours

Monday – Friday  8:30am – 4:30pm

We have an answer machine so messages can be left out of hours and picked up the next working day.

Useful Information

Page last reviewed: Dec 2021
Next review due: Dec 2022