Frequently Asked Questions
We thought we'd try and answer some of the most common questions we get asked about the Fracture Liaison Service.
How do I set up an Fracture Liaison Service (FLS)?
Written and supported by experts with experience of working with Clinical Commissioning Groups, the free FLS Implementation Toolkit will walk you through each step and ensure that your business case covers all the elements that commissioners are looking for. The National Osteoporosis Society also runs Workshops to support you with the process and lets you practice your pitch in front of expert clinicians and commissioners.
We already have a Fracture Liaison Service – how can we tell if it’s working?
We offer a free Peer Review process that will provide quality assessment and assurance, checking your clinical care against agreed standards. This process will support you in any development areas and can offer real life examples of other FLSs that are working in the best way to support the greatest number of people with osteoporosis.
How can I get trained in Bone Densitometry Scanning
The National Training Scheme for Bone Densitometry consists of a two-day lecture course on 'Bone Densitometry in Osteoporosis Assessment and Management'. This is followed (at a later date) by an online examination and portfolio submission process. Successful completion leads to Certification in Bone Densitometry, providing operators with proof of their competency to perform bone densitometry measurements. The course is approved by the College of Radiographers and the Royal College of Physicians and CPD points are available.
How can I gain accredited osteoporosis or fracture prevention training?
Take our Fracture Prevention Practitioner Training, an e-learning course aimed at enabling Fracture Prevention Practitioners to deliver excellent health care to people with, or at risk of, osteoporosis and fragility fractures, using nationally agreed best-practice standards. The course offers certification upon completion of the examination at a charge of £50.
How can I measure my service against current best practice?
The FLS Clinical Standards provide the core standards that every FLS should meet for the long-term benefit of fracture patients. By adopting these standards, evidence-based best practice can be replicated effectively across the UK to reduce the burden of fractures while improving outcomes for patients and ensuring appropriate use of NHS resources.
How do I stay up to date with current best practice?
Take our Fracture Prevention Practitioner Training, an e-learning course aimed at enabling Fracture Prevention Practitioners (FPPs) to deliver excellent health care to people with, or at risk of, osteoporosis and fragility fractures throughout the UK, using nationally agreed best-practice standards.
Where do I find up to date guidance for fracture prevention in Primary Care?
This osteoporosis resource is a joint initiative of the Royal College of General Practitioners and the National Osteoporosis Society. Its aim is to equip GPs, practice nurses and other members of the practice team with relevant information about osteoporosis in light of its inclusion in the Quality and Outcomes Framework. The course offers certification upon completion of an examination.