Our Regionalisation Strategy
Guide to the formation of national Fragility Fracture Networks
In 2018, the Fragility Fracture Network (FFN) – in collaboration with 80 leading professional organisations for orthopaedics, geriatric medicine, rehabilitation, osteoporosis, rheumatology and nursing – launched a Global Call to Action (CtA). This defined four “pillars” that would bring about substantial improvements in the care of people who sustain fragility fractures:
I. Acute multidisciplinary care for people who suffer hip, clinical vertebral and other major fragility fractures.
II. Rehabilitation and ongoing post-acute care post-fracture, aiming to restore function, independence and quality of life.
III. Rapid delivery of secondary prevention after all fragility fractures, including those in younger people, to prevent further fractures.
IV. Formation of national alliances between relevant professional associations to achieve necessary changes in healthcare policy and promote best practice among colleagues.
We have learned from experience that these developments must be driven on a national level. The FFN Regional Strategy is to promote the formation of National FFNs containing leaders – champions – from relevant disciplines. Their role is to catalyse the national alliances in Pillar IV.
The actions needed from multidisciplinary alliances are:
• To speak with a unified voice to policy makers.
• To produce consensus guidelines setting clear standards for adequate care using the best available research evidence, and propose metrics to evaluate performance.
• To expand education programmes that can build the multidisciplinary workforce capable of delivering evidence-based best practice on a wide scale.
Hopefully the National FFN members in the mainstream professional associations will be able to give a lead on these actions.
You can see the National FFNs that we have so far below.
You can download a guide to the formation of national Fragility Fracture Networks in the following links.