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Sussex health solutions service celebrates success with falls prevention programme

Active House Solutions is celebrating the success of its WellBalanced falls prevention programme in Sussex. The public health consultancy has demonstrated 75% of its participants are continuing to exercise, whilst 80% improved or maintained their strength and balance after completing the twenty-four week programme.

Active Health Solutions employed ReferAll’s online exercise referral software solution when they took ownership of the falls prevention programme in July 2017. It has proved crucial not only to maintaining the security of their sensitive patient data but also in reducing administration time.

Debbie Beesley, Customer Experience & Marketing Director at Active House Solutions, said: “People aged sixty-five and over have the highest risk of falling: around a third of people fall at least once a year. This figure is around half for those aged eighty and over. Falling is a cause of distress, pain and injury and leads to loss of both confidence and independence. The NHS reported in 2017 that the total cost for falls among older people could be estimated at around two billion pounds. The outlook for patients following falls is also poor: in the first year following a hip fracture, there is an increased mortality of between eighteen and thirty-three per cent.

“However, this is not simply a problem associated with a fall, it is what happens after that reduces their quality of life and potentially inhibits their lifestyle: the beginning of a downward spiral of social isolation. Running our WellBalanced classes not only saves the NHS money by reducing falls but also has a huge social impact for the older community by ensuring their continued enjoyment of life.”

Run in collaboration with People for Places Leisure (PfPL) and Mid Sussex Wellbeing, the WellBalanced programme is a community-based falls prevention programme for the frail and elderly at risk of falling. The course consists of balance and strengthening exercises, designed to reduce the risk of falls. Commissioned by Mid Sussex District Council, the programme costs participants just one pound per class, with patients being referred to the classes by local hospitals, GPs or Practice Nurses. The classes take place in Burgess Hill, East Grinstead and Haywards Heath.

All programme participants complete functional assessment, such as the four-stage balance test, as well as wellbeing questionnaires at the start, at twelve and twenty-four weeks to measure their progress and evaluate their future risk of falls.

Beesley commented: “The superior functionality of ReferAll’s software means we can track any participant at any time throughout the programme. This, alongside the reporting feature, is crucial as we are ‘publicly’ funded by Mid Sussex Wellbeing. It means we need to provide evaluation reports to evidence the impact of the falls prevention programme. With ReferAll we can all input into the participant’s records and every touch point is recorded: all the information is securely held in one place. By using one system, rather than lots of spreadsheets, we have saved admin hours too.

“However, it is our participants’ feedback that make us really proud: many of our participants say the classes make them ‘feel good’. One man in his sixties said he found it ‘absolutely super’. Most importantly, they are encouraged to go out and get active, exercising daily. We are now hoping to grow our programmes by collaboratively working with PfPL to refer people from our WellBalanced classes to its Exercise on Referral programme and vice a versa.”

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Written by Amanda Baker, Big Fish Public Relations

Active Sussex Network Event 2018

It was great catching up with past colleagues and present customers at the recent Active Sussex Network Event 2018.

We particularly enjoyed the presentation by Karen Creavin, CEO of The Active Wellbeing Society in Birmingham.  From tackling social isolation to getting more people active, they have developed some effective initiatives,well worth taking a look! 

Proud to be supporting Haywards Heath Town Council

Free for Entry Event at Beech Hurst Gardens.HHTC logo

12th June 2016 12pm – 4pm

Queens Birthday Picnic and Sports Taster Event.

Haywards Heath Town Council is hosting a picnic to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday during the official week of celebrations, with a sporting theme to promote health and wellbeing in the community.

The event will be held in Beech Hurst Gardens between 12pm and 4pm on Sunday 12th June 2016 and comprise of a picnic where residents are welcome to come along and sit with their food and drink and enjoy the gardens.  As a focal point for the day there will be sports taster sessions for all the family to enjoy.  On a designated stage there will be dance and fitness fun where you are welcome to join in and in the formal cut area of Beech Hurst local sports clubs will holding demonstrations, which you are again welcome to join in with.

All of the activities will free of cost so all you need to do is pack your picnic and come along and join in the fun.  So please come along and celebrate her majesty’s birthday and see what fun and healthy activities you can join in with.

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Invitation from HM the Queen

Simon at Buckingham PalaceOur Business Development Director, Simon Adby, was honoured to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday 20th May this year. The invitation from Her Majesty the Queen followed his involvement in the Invictus Games London 2014.

 Contracted to CSM Events Simon assumed a Venues Director role to oversee the management of the Games across six major-event venues, four being on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Active House Solutions also provided circa 40 of the event management workforce. Since the event last September CSM Events have been recognised for their involvement in Invictus Games 2014 by winning Best Live Experience award at the BT Sport Industry Awards and Best Sporting Event at the Event Production Awards.
After a hugely successful inaugural event last September, in which 413 wounded, injured and sick service personnel from 13 nations competed in 9 sports across 4 days, the Organising Committee are now hosting a bidding process for the next events in Spring 2016 and Summer 2017. For further updates as well as highlights from last year’s event, please visit