The Falls Service in Lewisham: A Health Care Needs Assessment

In the UK 28-33% of the population over 65 years, and 32-42% of the population over 75 years will fall each year1.

The associated mortality and morbidity from a fall is high. This includes psychological and physiological stress as well as physical injury, threatening functional independence and resulting in reduced health related quality of life


Purpose of the Needs Assessment

  • To provide an overview of the epidemiology of falls in Lewisham and nationally.
  • To review the evidence and recommendations for effective management of falls and quality care services.
  • To identify current service provision.
  • To identify gaps in current service and make recommendations for local planning and strategy formulation



  1. Department of Health (2001). National Service Framework for Older People. Department of Health.