The Fracture Prevention Practitioner (FPP) online training course aims to provide accredited, easily accessible training for FPPs, including fracture liaison nurses, as well as other specialist nurses, allied health professionals and clinicians, and to establish a knowledge quality standard and certification at a basic and advanced level.
• To provide a knowledge quality standard and certification at a basic and advanced level for practitioners in the field of secondary fracture prevention.
• To support FPPs in their role of identifying and managing patients with fragility fractures.
• To offer evidence of continuing professional development for FPPs.
Health professionals undertaking this training will:
1. Be able to more accurately identify the number of fragility fracture patients in their service and manage them appropriately according to best practice.
2. Be more supported in their role and therefore be more confident to deliver the best care to patients with fragility fractures.
3. Be able to provide evidence of accredited continuing professional development to their managers/employers.
Providers of healthcare will have evidence of:
1. Auditable clinical standards.
2. Accredited staff training.
3. Improved clinical outcomes in secondary fracture prevention.
Accreditation of both levels (Foundation and Advanced) will be awarded by the National Osteoporosis Society, Federation of the Royal College of Physicians and Royal College of General Practitioners. A certificate will be made available to those who have successfully passed. In addition, the candidate's name will be displayed on a register of certified Fracture Prevention Practitioners on the National Osteoporosis Society's website.
This course has been approved for 4 Distance-Learning CPD Credits by the Federation of the Royal College of Physicians and the Royal College of General Practitioners. The expiry date for CPD approval is every 3 years from the date of accreditation.
There is open access to the course at both Foundation and Advanced level. Successful completion of the final assessment at the end of the Foundation level will allow access to the assessment for the Advanced level.
Candidates will be allowed three attempts to successfully complete the assessment at the end of each of the Foundation and Advanced levels. Failure on the third attempt will prohibit further attempts and the candidate will be required to take a period of time out in order to further revise their knowledge of the course content. This period of time will be set at 1 month.
Successful completion of the Foundation level assessment with a pass mark of 90% or higher will enable the candidate to gain the corresponding Fracture Prevention Practitioner Certificate.
Successful completion of the Advanced level assessment with a pass mark of 80% or higher will enable the candidate to gain the corresponding Fracture Prevention Practitioner Certificate.
Timeframe for Assessments
A set time of 60 minutes will be allowed for completion of the Foundation level assessment which will consist of 60 multiple-choice questions.
A set time of 60 minutes will be allowed for completion of the Advanced level assessment which will consist of 60 multiple-choice questions.
Complaints and Appeals Procedure
All complaints or appeals will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis by the Course Administrator and the FPP Training Panel. Appeals must be requested within 2 weeks of taking the final Foundation or Advanced level assessment.
The National Osteoporosis Society reserves the right to refuse an applicant entry to the certification process at its absolute discretion and the decision of the FPP Training Panel is final.
All complaints or appeals will be dealt with within 2 weeks of receipt by the Course Administrator.
Professional Development Lead
National Osteoporosis Society
Tel: 01761 473 263 01761 473 263
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The course is managed by the Fracture Prevention Practitioner Training Panel of the National Osteoporosis Society. This is a group of voluntary clinical experts who have been significantly involved in the development of the course and will continue to support the course through ongoing evaluation and review.
The members of the Fracture Prevention Practitioner Training Panel are:
Dr M. Kassim Javaid (Chair), Mayrine Fraser, Dr Stephen Gallacher, Dr Sally Hope, Henry Mace, Dr Susan Lanham-New and Debbie Stone.
This training has been developed by the National Osteoporosis Society and has been developed with financial support from Lilly and the Rob Berry Foundation.