Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsWelcome. I'm Julia Newton, Clinical Professor of Ageing and Medicine at Newcastle University. And I'm James Frith, Clinical Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine. Newcastle University is a world leader in research into ageing. Our Institute for Ageing, together with the Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals' Falls and Syncope Service, forms one of Europe's largest services for people who fall, blackout, or have dizziness. Over the next four weeks, we will look forward to studying falls, their consequences, treatment, and risk management together. We have designed the course with you in mind and are indebted to all the people who have shared their stories to help us do this.

Skip to 0 minutes and 52 secondsBy the end of the course, we hope that you will have a greater understanding of falls and a set of practical tips to help you manage the risk of falling. During the course, we'll be popping in and out of the FutureLearn platform along with some of our colleagues from the Falls and Syncope Service. Between us, we will keep an eye on the course and offer you guiding words and encouragement as you work through the activities. We also have a couple of special events planned in week 2 and 4 of the course, which we hope you're going to be able to participate in.

Skip to 1 minute and 23 secondsThey'll give you an opportunity to engage in direct discussion with different specialists and give us an opportunity to get to know you and your interests a little better. So we hope that you're going to enjoy the next four weeks with us and that we can disseminate some of the knowledge we have gained over a combined time of three decades working in the Falls and Syncope Service here in Newcastle.

Meet the team

How to get started

We hope you will be able to find your way along the course easily. The video in the next step explains how things work.

Before watching the welcome video feel free to have a look at the profiles of our mentors below. The team will be working with us throughout the course, joining in with your discussions and providing support and encouragement.

During the course, you can work through the videos, read the articles and contribute to the discussions at your own pace. If anything is unclear you can leave a comment below any of the videos, articles or in the discussion and one of the mentors will respond.

We look forward to guiding you through this course, and do hope you will enjoy your time with us.

Meet the team

If you would like to see the profiles of our course mentors you can click on their name below. From the profile you can ‘Follow’ mentors. This makes it easier to find advice they have given in response to queries:

Julia Newton

James Frith Twitter: @jamesfrith1981

Michael Norton

Chris Elliott

Lisa Robinson

This course has been developed by Newcastle University, Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the NIHR Newcastle Training School as part of the NIHR Newcastle Biomedical Research Centre in Ageing and Chronic Disease. For further information please visit

To get started, click on the box below to “Mark this page as complete” (this will help you keep track of your progress through the course) and then click on the link below right to take you to the next step.

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Ageing Well: Falls

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