“Care for patients with fragility
fractures is improving in the UK
but, if we work together,
we can do much much better…”

Matt Costa
Founding Chair of FFN UK

Broken bones in
older people are
a leading cause
of disability in the UK.

Hip fracture is an example of a
fragility fracture
— that is a fracture related to the
weakening of our bones
as we get older...

...but fragility fractures also
commonly occur at the wrist,
shoulder, ankle
and in the spine.

patients suffer a hip fracture
in the UK each year

one quarter
of patients die in the
first year after a hip fracture

Surviving patients suffer
a serious and permanent reduction
in their quality of life
– a reduction that is similar
to having a stroke
in terms of its impact
upon daily activities

£2.3 billion

is the approximate annual cost to the
NHS and Social Services for looking after
patients with hip fractures

Save the Date
FFN UK Annual Meeting 2023

The Annual FFN UK Meeting is being held in Liverpool on 22 September 2023. More details soon...

New Clinical & Policy Toolkits

FFN has published two toolkits to support colleagues throughout the world to turn the Global Call to Action into actual Action.

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Why do we need FFN UK?

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Joining the Global FFN is Free!

Follow the link below to the Global Fragility Fracture Network website
Join FFN

The Fragility Fracture Network (FFN) is a global organisation, which was founded in order to create a multidisciplinary network of experts for improving treatment and secondary prevention of fragility fractures.

The FFN mission and vision underline this and are the foundation for all decisions taken. The FFN believes that useful policy change can only happen at a national level and multidisciplinary national coalitions are the most effective way to achieve this. Hence the FFN acts as a global template for creating national alliances in as many countries as possible.


Birmingham | 23 Sep 22

Read the report
from the 2022 meeting.

Global Vision

A world where anybody who sustains a fragility fracture achieves the optimal recovery of independent function and quality of life, with no further fractures

FFN UK is founded upon the three pillars of the Global FFN:


Multidisciplinary careAcute multidisciplinary care for the person who suffers a hip, clinical vertebral and other major fragility fractures


& Post-Acute CareRehabilitation and ongoing post-acute care of people whose ability to function is impaired by fragility fractures


Rapid Secondary PreventionRapid secondary prevention after first occurrence of all fragility fractures to prevent future fractures

The FFN Global Call to Action is endorsed by

  • Association of Anaesthetists
  • British Geriatrics Society
  • British Orthopaedic Association
  • Orthopaedic Trauma Society
  • Royal College of Emergency Medicine
  • Royal College of Occupational Therapists
  • Royal College of Physicians Falls and Fragility Fracture Audit Programme

Make sure you read our Global Call to Action

A systematic approach to fragility fracture care,
with the goal of restoring function and preventing subsequent fractures without further delay.