Education Committee

FFN Education Committee


The FFN Education Committee aims to create a multidisciplinary network of experts for improving treatment and secondary prevention of fragility fractures. Over the last few years, the Committee has become a wide and structured Committee that has undertaken a number of different educational activities:

Editorial activities
Fragility Fracture Nursing book (edited by Karen Hertz and Julie Santy-Tomlinson), a Springer open access published in 2018.
The book has up to May 2021 199k chapter downloads and has been a great success around the world. It has been translated into Chinese and Greek and soon will be translated into Portuguese, Spanish, Russian and Albanian.

Second Edition Orthogeriatrics (OG2), in open access edited by Paolo Falaschi and David Marsh with 200k chapter downloads in just nine months from publication. This book will help to look at the future based on the dissemination of the message and the philosophy of the Call to Action (CtA). Shortly it will be translated into Spanish, Chinese/Mandarin,Russian, Greek, Albanian and Hindi/Marathi.

Interdisciplinary nutritional management and care for older adults: an evidence-based practical guide for nurses. This book is being coordinated by two editors (Jack Bell and Ólöf Guðný Geirsdóttir) with great experience in management of nutrition. The support of the open access version (it will be published by September 2021) will greatly facilitate its dissemination. FFN has been facing the importance of nutritional aspects thanks to the educational initiatives.

Additional published resources
The following books have been written by experts in the management of older adults and are made available for purchase to facilitate knowledge uptake to improve care for people with fragility fracture.

Springer series – Perspectives in Nursing Management and Care for Older Adults
The aim of this book series is to provide a comprehensive guide to nursing management and care for older adults, addressing specific problems in nursing and allied health professions. It provides a unique resource for nurses, enabling them to provide high-quality care for older adults in all care settings. The respective volumes are designed to provide practitioners with highly accessible information on evidence-based management and care for older adults, with a focus on practical guidance and advice.

Pain Management in Older Adults – A Nursing Perspective
This book, edited by Gisèle Pickering, Sandra Zwakhalen, Sharon Kaasalainen, was published in 2018. Addresses relevant issues to enhance pain management nurses need to advocate for effective pain treatment in the elderly. Significant changes in the evolving nursing and healthcare environment require adequate information on this topic, as pain is a very challenging area. As other care professionals, nurses are daily confronted with issues on pain assessment and management. This volume offers an overview within an evolving health environment, in which nurses dealing with pain play a growing role.

Nursing Older People with Arthritis and other Rheumatological Conditions
This book, edited by Sarah Ryan, was published in 2020. Provides a comprehensive and practical overview of the knowledge required for the assessment and management of the older adult with arthritis and other rheumatological conditions.
This book equips nurses and allied health professionals with the knowledge and skills to undertake a comprehensive holistic assessment to identify the physical, psychological and social impact of living with arthritis.

Understanding Ageing for Nurses and Therapists
This book, edited by Wilfred McSherry, Linda Rykkje and Susan Thornton, was published in 2021. This volume is a practical resource for all those responsible for caring for older people across health and social care. It provides a comprehensive and holistic approach helping nurses, therapists and social care professionals to better understand the impact of ageing upon the person and wider society. A key objective of the book is to introduce practitioners to some of the neglected or under-addressed aspects of ageing such as spirituality, sexuality, and LGBT.

Nursing Educational Project
Based on the Fragility Fracture Nursing book, in person educational courses have been undertaken in many European countries including Portugal, Italy, Greece, Germany, Turkey, Ireland, UK, Lithuania. Shortly the courses will also take place in the Philippines, Brazil and Russia, while in China it was supported by the Orthopedic Committee of the Chinese Nursing Association that is training 600 chief nurses in all the country. This initiative will be supported by an online approach, maintaining the interactivity as well using a blended model in order to consent personal interactions, active discussions and creation of a professional network that would reinforce mutual skills.

The FFN Nursing Team is composed by: Karen Hertz – Team Coordinator, Julie Santy-Tomlinson, Louise Brent, Charlotte Myhre Jansen, Maria Eduarda Batista de Lima, Panagiota Copanitsanou, Aline Tavares Domingos, Ami Hommel, Andréa Marques, Mette Irene Martinsen, Oliver Mauthner, Lucia Mielli, Marsha van Oostwaard, Lingli Peng, Patrick Roigk, Merdiye Sendir, Lina Spirgiene, Sigrún Sunna Skúladóttir, Rasa Valaviciene.

Caregivers Web Educational Project
A project to develop Web based educational information for caregivers that can be utilized from all over the world and will be accessible for free is underway. The materials consist of 14 modules, with an easy-to-understand language, on the theoretical, practical and emotional management of a patient who has suffered a fragility fracture. The course can be adapted and translated by the national FFNs interested in supporting caregivers in their countries. Maria Eduarda Batista de Lima is the coordinator of the initiative.

The other members of this project are Paolo Falaschi, Stefano Eleuteri, Karen Hertz, Julie Santy-Tomlinson, Charlotte Myhre Jansen, Andréa Marques, Aline Tavares Domingos, Lingli Peng, Lucy Wang, Sanlian Hu, Panagiota Copanitsanou, Lina Spirgiene, Monica Perracini, Patrocinio Ariza Vega, Maureen Ashe, Alessandro Lupo, Anna Giulia Macchiarelli.

Multidisciplinary nutritional management and care for older adults
Interdisciplinary nutritional management and care for older adults: an evidence-based practical guide for nurses.

Nutrition is a critical consideration for an older person following an episode of ill health, injury, or surgery. Malnourishment and dehydration are strongly linked with complications and functional decline resulting in poor outcomes. The successful management of nutrition requires a comprehensive multidisciplinary team approach. The book authors therefore represent the whole geriatric care team and includes a global perspective so that information on each topic area speaks directly to those most likely to be able to impact on patient care and outcomes.

The structure of the book is organized so that the practitioner can work their way towards enhanced and comprehensive knowledge that they can directly apply to practice and provide them with thought provoking ideas regarding practice improvement.

Health and social care services are often failing older people whose undernutrition and malnutrition are either not recognized or are inadequately managed. This book provides information that supports practitioners in improving their knowledge and skills in managing nutrition.

Multidisciplinary Management of Older Patients with Fragility Fracture (MMOPFF)
This multidisciplinary project will disseminate the message of the Second Edition Orthogeriatrics book and the CtA and will support different educational activities for different medical specialties and healthcare professionals around the globe.

This project will be organized in two different phases: i) Dissemination through multidisciplinary Dreyfus skill levels model approach to the healthcare professionals ii) Dissemination to patients, caregivers and public, that should be based on different contents using an easy-to-understand language.

The multidisciplinary Advisory Board of this project has been identified with the following participants: David Marsh; Nicola Veronese; Paolo Falaschi; Finbarr Martin; Opinder Sahota; Helen Wilson; Stuart White; Henrik Palm; Stig Brorson Giulio Pioli; Maria Crotty; Stefano Eleuteri; Nicholas Fuggle; Laura Tafaro; Hubert Blain; Jack Bell; Cristina Ojeda-Thies; Julie Santy-Tomlinson; Paul Mitchell.

Fellowship Project
This project will have a great impact to spread the multidisciplinary approach in the healthcare professionals, facilitating the planning of stages in the most renewed FFN units around the world. That will allow to applicant fellows to spend a 3/6/12 months training period in outstanding FFN centres in North and Latin America, Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand. This project will have a great impact to spread the multidisciplinary approach to fragility fracture healthcare professional. The following topics of fragility fracture management will be available to fellows: Orthogeriatrics, Hip Fracture Surgery, Spine Centre, Hip Fracture Audit, Fracture Liaison Services, Rehabilitation/Physiotherapy, Nursing, Nutrition.

Membership Application

No additional membership cost to FFN individual members.

Coordination and Membership

Paolo Falaschi (Chair), Stefano Eleuteri (Deputy Chair), Nicola Napoli (Bone Specialist), Maria Eduarda Batista de Lima, Julie Santy-Tomlinson & Karen Hertz (Nursing), Monica Perracini (Physio), Minghui Yang & Elias Panagiotopoulos (Orthopaedics)