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Scottish Service Users feeling benefits of CM2000 and ENU falls prevention project

It has long been recognised that prevention is better than cure. Back in 2011 the Christie Commission concluded that a radical shift towards preventative public spending in Scotland was essential. However, it’s not always easy to prioritise money for prevention whilst maintaining services against a backdrop of financial and demographic pressures.

CM2000’s technology solutions have been at the heart of Scottish social care for the last 15 years. Our care visit monitoring and scheduling is now used by 14 Scottish Councils / Integration Joint Boards.

A few years ago CM2000 started funding an exciting research project with Edinburgh Napier University (ENU) to see how care data could be used to support the prevention agenda – particularly the risk of falls.

The project has gone from strength to strength with a number of community trials underway. In East Dunbartonshire their latest Care Inspectorate report noted the early success of the project:

“We found that some people using the service were involved in an e-frailty research project. The project used a series of tests and figures, collated by wristbands and heart rate monitors worn by those involved, to establish patterns of behaviour and possible triggers for falls. The people involved in the project were extremely positive about its benefits. These included being more knowledgeable and aware about their activity, fitness and heart rate, and more informed about their general wellbeing.”

The recent Audit Scotland report on ‘Social work in Scotland’ highlighted that Councils are finding it hard to fund a strategic approach to prevention but noted that prevention needs to be seen as an integral part of Councils’ overall long-term strategies. It suggests that Councils should bring together information on the evaluation of successful prevention initiatives and CM2000 are very happy to share details of their work in this area.

CM2000’s Director for Scotland, Brian Brown, said “We are delighted to be working with ENU, East Dunbartonshire and other Councils on this exciting e-frailty project. Identifying those at risk of falling and taking preventative measures improves quality of life for individuals. It also has the potential to save Councils and IJB’s significant money as the estimated cost of falls to the health service across the UK is £2.3 billion a year.”

 The Scottish Patient Safety Programme have published targets of 20% reduction in falls by March 2017. To find out how CM2000 can contribution to your falls prevention strategy please email

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