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Elderly falls: a national survey of UK ambulance services
  1. Gareth Darnell1,
  2. Suzanne M Mason2,
  3. Helen Snooks3
  1. 1Yorkshire Ambulance Service, NHS Trust, HQ, Wakefield, UK
  2. 2Health Services Research, SCHARR, Sheffield, UK
  3. 3Centre for Health Information Research and Evaluation (CHIRAL), Institute of Life Science, School of Medicine, Swansea University, Swansea, UK
  1. Correspondence to Gareth Darnell, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, NHS Trust, HQ, Wakefield, UK; gareth.darnell{at}


Objective To provide a detailed description of the current UK ambulance service provision for older people who fall.

Method National survey of UK ambulance services.

Results 11/13 Ambulance services (84.6%) participated in this national survey.

Conclusion This survey has highlighted the need for robust evidence to inform policy, service and practice development to improve the care of this vulnerable population.

  • Paramedic
  • prehospital
  • accidental fall(s)
  • prehospital care
  • emergency care systems
  • psychology
  • psychological conditions
  • paramedics
  • operational
  • extended roles
  • effectiveness
  • advanced practitioner
  • research

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  • Funding The corresponding author has undertaken this project as part of an NIHR-funded master's degree course in clinical research. This took place at the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), University of Sheffield.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Ethics approval This study was approved by the University of Sheffield Ethics Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Data sharing statement The questionnaires relating to this study are stored at the Sheffield School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield. Most of the results have been presented in this piece of work. However, any individual, for example, study participant/researcher/healthcare professional, should contact GD, in the first instance, and all requests for further information will be considered.