Falls are a significant public health problem, particularly for older people. Around 30% of over 65s and 50% of those over 80 living in the community will fall each year. In 2017/18, there were 919 emergency hospital admissions for falls among people aged over 65 in Oldham. This is significantly higher than the admissions rate for the North West and England.

Falls are associated with high levels of morbidity and mortality, have long term impacts on quality of life and have huge associated costs for the individual, their families, the NHS and social care services.

Apart from economic costs, falls and fractures and their consequences affect both the physical and mental wellbeing of individuals.  Falls, and the fear of falling, are a major cause of loss of confidence, loss of independence and social isolation for older people.

The PHOF contains a range of data related to falls (e.g. emergency admissions for falls; hip fractures in over 65s) and allows comparisons between Oldham and other similar local authority areas.

This needs assessment was conducted in 2012 and considered both falls and osteoporosis. While more recent data are now available from the PHOF (see link above), the report contains recommendations for preventing falls which remain relevant today.