This online training course aims to enable anyone with a role as a Fracture Prevention Practitioner (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. This is the only course of its kind that provides the underpinning knowledge required to deliver best practice; competencies have been developed to provide assurance of this.
The course has been developed by leading experts in the field of osteoporosis and has been reviewed by a number of leading practitioners across the UK. In addition, it has been reviewed by clinical experts affiliated to the National Osteoporosis Society.
This training provides a gold standard for all healthcare professionals working in the field of osteoporosis and fragility fractures.
Professor Cyrus Cooper OBE – Professor of Rheumatology and Director of the MRC Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit
The course has been specifically developed for people working in fracture prevention and osteoporosis, including Fracture Liaison Nurses, as well as other specialist nurses, allied health professionals and clinicians working in the field of secondary fracture prevention and osteoporosis management in both secondary and primary care and community services. The course may also be of interest to anyone wishing to learn more about osteoporosis and fracture prevention.
There is open access to the training at both Foundation and Advanced levels. However, there is a charge of £50.00 to access the final assessment and certification for both the Foundation and Advanced levels, which will be payable prior to each final assessment. This will allow candidates to gain their certificate, to be recorded on the National Osteoporosis Society's Fracture Prevention Practitioner register, and to receive the CPD credits.
Foundation Modules Include
Module 1 | (Foundation) – Epidemiology of Osteoporosis
Module 2 | (Foundation) – Fracture Risk Assessment
Module 3 | (Foundation) – Osteoporosis Management
Module 4 | (Foundation) – Falls Assessment & Management
Module 5 | (Foundation) – Special Cases
Advanced Modules Include
Module 1 | (Advanced) - Epidemiology of Osteoporosis
Module 2 | (Advanced) - Fracture Risk Assessment
Module 3 | (Advanced) - Osteoporosis Management
Aims, Objectives & Outcomes
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.
Download the learning objectives for each module:
Rules & Regulations
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.
Tel: 01761 473 139
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.
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. The course has also been awarded accreditation of 4 CDP hours by the Royal College of Nursing.
RCN Accredited until November 14th 2018: Accreditation applies only to the educational content of the programme and not to any product. RCN cannot confirm the competence of any practitioner completing this course.
By using and accessing our training materials you expressly agree that you are doing so at your sole risk and discretion. The content in our training materials is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. In particular, this information is not a substitute for professional medical care by a qualified health professional. If you are not a health professional, then you should ALWAYS check with a health professional before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content of the training materials. If you are a health professional then this information (including any professional reference material) is intended to support, not replace, your own knowledge, experience and judgment.
In no event shall the National Osteoporosis Society be liable for any direct or indirect losses or damages of any kind whatsoever, whether based in contract, tort, strict liability, or otherwise, arising out of or in any way connected with: your use of or inability to use our training materials.
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.
This course has been accredited for 4 CPD Credits by the Federation of the Royal College of Physicians and The Royal College of General Practitioners.
This programme has been accredited by the RCN Centre for Professional Accreditation until 07/11/2018. Accreditation applies only to the educational content of the programme and does not apply to any product and the RCN cannot confirm competence of any practitioner completing this course.
This training has been developed by the National Osteoporosis Society with financial support from Lilly and the Rob Berry Foundation.
This training course has been endorsed by the following organisations.