Category Archives: Cross-Cutting Themes

NEW WHO-EUROPEAN STRATEGY: “INVESTING IN CHILDREN: CHILD AND ADOLESCENT HEALTH STRATEGY FOR EUROPE 2015-2020”

The strategy recommends adopting a life course approach that recognizes that adult health and illness are rooted in health and experiences in previous stages of the life course.  Targeted effort is needed to break the negative cycles in childhood and adolescence such as poor early childhood development and lack of support in growing through adolescence. This will enable children and young people to develop into healthy, happy and competent individuals who can make a positive contribution to their own health and to  society.

 

UK: WHY CHILDREN DIE

UK children are at a higher risk of premature death than their Western European counterparts due to the growing gap between rich and poor and a lack of targeted public health policies to reduce child deaths, finds a new report from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH) and the National Children’s Bureau (NCB).

Why Children Die reviewed existing UK evidence on child deaths and their causes, and one of the recommendations states “local authorities should make maximum use of children’s centres, health visiting services and safety equipment schemes to educate and equip parents to keep their children safe; with a focus on water safety, safe sleeping and blind cord injury prevention”.

SCOTLAND: JUSTICE STRATEGY FOR SCOTLAND

The Scottish Government states “ Our vision is of a justice system that contributes positively to a flourishing Scotland, helping to create an inclusive and respectful society in which all people and communities live in safety and security, individual and collective rights are supported and disputes are resolved fairly and swiftly”.

The Strategy mentions a series of priorities including ‘Reducing crime, particularly violent and serious organised crime’ and ‘Reducing the damaging impacts of drug and alcohol problems’.

EUROPE: INJURIES AND INEQUITIES – GUIDANCE FOR ADDRESSING INEQUITIES IN UNINTENTIONAL INJURIES

This policy guidance aims to support national, regional and local policy-makers in Europe to prepare, implement and follow up policy actions and interventions to reduce inequities in unintentional injuries.  Unintentional injuries, including road traffic injuries, falls, burns, drownings and poisonings still constitute a major public health problem, killing almost half a million people in the WHO European Region each year and causing many more cases of disability.

UK: TAKE HEAD INJURIES SERIOUSLY AND TREAT QUICKLY, SAYS NICE

Children and adults who suffer a head injury should be taken straight to a hospital with resuscitation facilities to avoid potentially serious complications, including disability or death, says NICE.

In an update to existing guidelines, NICE stresses the importance of early detection and prompt treatment for head injuries. Patients who have suffered a head injury but also begin to show particular signs that the injury may be serious or potentially life-threatening, such as seizures, fracture skull or loss of consciousness, should be given a CT brain scan within one hour.

ENGLAND: NEW REPORT – ‘IMPROVING THE PUBLIC’S HEALTH’

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2014

A new report has been published by the King’s Fund.  It’s called ‘Improving the public’s health’ and, although primarily aimed at English local authorities because of their new role in public health, the document offers many recommendations relating to accident prevention for both children and older people.

http://www.kingsfund.org.uk/publications/improving-publics-health

 

ENGLAND’S CMO’S ANNUAL REPORT 2012: OUR CHILDREN DESERVE BETTER: PREVENTION PAYS

Countries Covered: England
Date: 2013

England’s annual report on children and young people’s health from the Chief Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally C Davies,  contains lots of information on accidents and accident prevention.  The report can be downloaded at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/chief-medical-officers-annual-report-2012-our-children-deserve-better-prevention-pays

CREATING AN ACTIVE WALES

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 2013

The Welsh Government has released a progress report about the progress made on the strategic aims for the Creating an Active Wales action plan.

 

EU-CONSULTATION H&S POLICY

The Commission launched a public consultation on the new EU occupational safety and health policy framework. The main purpose of this consultation is to gather insights and contributions from the public further to results of the evaluation of the European Strategy on Safety and Health at Work 2007-2012.

EUROSAFE CALLS ON EC: LEGAL REQUIREMENT ON INJURY DATA NEEDED

In a joint statement, EuroSafe and  seven related EU-level organisations  representing a broad social and economic spectrum in Europe, urge the  Commission to revise its proposal for a  Regulation on the Market Surveillance  of Products (COM(2013)75) and to  include a clear and binding provision  that requires Member States (MSs) to  collect data on product related injuries
and to enable the Commission to create an EU-funded accident and injury  data system that embraces all MSs.

ASSET-BASED APPROACHES TO PUBLIC HEALTH IN SCOTLAND

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

An interesting article has been posted on the ScotPHO website which explains the latest thinking on assets and asset-based approaches to public health in Scotland.  It describes the community development approaches which build positive assets that are perceived as ways of taking a preventative and ‘early intervention’ approach to some of the problems of health inequalities.

 

CROSS PARTY GROUP ON ACCIDENT PREVENTION AND SAFETY AWARENESS

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date: 2013

RoSPA Scotland recently supported an application by Clare Adamson MSP to establish a Cross Party Group on   Accident Prevention and Safety Awareness, which has been accorded recognition by the Standards, Procedures and Public Appointments Committee.

 

 

NEW INTERNATIONAL TASKFORCE TO ADVISE NHS STAFF ON PATIENT SAFETY

Countries covered: England
Date: March, 2013

“International experts are being asked to form a taskforce to advise NHS staff on ways to help keep their patients safe from harm.”

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EU HEALTH PROGRAMME: CALL FOR PROPOSALS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2013

The 2013 Work Plan of the Health Programme was published on 8 December 2012. It sets the annual priorities for implementation of EU Health Programme. Based on the decision of 8 December 2012, the Executive Agency for Health and Consumers (EAHC) launched on 20th of December the calls for proposals for joint actions, operating grants, projects and conferences. The calls for tenders will be launched in the course of year 2013. In order to be alerted of when open calls for tender are launched, you are advised to sign-up to the mailing list.

ROSPA’S BIG BOOK ON ACCIDENT PREVENTION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2013

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents have produced a booklet aimed at ‘decision makers in public health’ to highlight the impact that effective accidental injury prevention can have on the health of their populations.

CONFIRMED PUBLIC HEALTH INDICATORS FOR INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: England
Date:
 2012

IOBI welcomes the inclusion of several injury prevention indicators in the new Public Health Outcome Framework. The Public Health Outcome Framework, published in January 2012, sets out the desired outcomes for public health across England and how these will be measured.

GOVERNMENT’S ALCOHOL STRATEGY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

The Government’s Alcohol Strategy is a welcomed attempt to address the problems alcohol causes in a coherent way, but its focus on public order overshadows health issues, warn MPs on the Health Committee in a new report.

ALCOHOL CONCERN FACTSHEET, ‘GRASPING THE NETTLE: ALCOHOL AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE’

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

This Alcohol Concern factsheet is an updated overview of the research on the association between alcohol and domestic violence and a clear outline of the

GUIDE TO CALCULATE COST-EFFECTIVENESS AND COST-UTILITY OF INJURY PREVENTION INTERVENTIONS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

THE WHO regional office has published a guide for use of standardised methods to conduct cost-effectiveness and cost-utility analyse on injury prevention interventions. The guide is designed to assist public health experts, researchers and policy makers who are interested in estimating cost-effectiveness and cost-utility of injury prevention programmes.

TWO INJURY PROJECTS REMOVED FROM NICE WORK PROGRAMME

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The Department of Health have decided that six topics, including two relating to accident prevention, previously referred to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), are not appropriate for NICE public health guidance and should be removed from its work programme.

THE NATIONAL AUDIT OF FALLS AND BONE HEALTH IN OLDER PEOPLE

Countries Covered: England, Wales, and Northern Ireland
Date: 
2011

There is unacceptable variation in the quality of NHS services for the care and prevention of falls and fractures, an audit reveals. The National Audit of Falls and Bone Health in Older People calls for more prevention in this area. It recommends that health and local authority commissioners should provide therapeutic exercise programmes for older people to prevent falls, and says emergency departments and minor injury units should introduce routine screening for falls risk and osteoporosis among older people presenting with falls and fractures.

ACCIDENT PREVENTION KEY RESPONSIBILITY FOR LOCAL AUTHORITIES

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The Department of Health has published a progress report on the new approach to public health confirming that accidental injury prevention will be included within the new role and responsibilities of local authorities.

CHIEF MEDICAL OFFICER FOR WALES SUPPORTS INJURY PREVENTION

Countries Covered: Wales
Date: 
2011

Dr Tony Jewell’s 2010 Annual Report on the health of the people of Wales has recently been published. It is heartening to see the recognition of injury as a major public health issue and the support expressed throughout the Report for injury surveillance and targeted prevention initiatives.

EUROSAFE POLICY BRIEFINGS

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2011

Eurosafe have produced 19 policy briefings covering all areas of injury prevention.

INJURY PREVENTION POLICY BRIEFINGS PRODUCED BY EUROSAFE AND THE REGIONAL OFFICE OF THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2007

Policy 1: The role of public health in injury prevention
Policy 2: Developing national policy for injury prevention
Policy 3: Inequality in injury risks

COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION TO THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND THE COUNCIL ON ACTIONS FOR A SAFER EUROPE

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2006

This document focuses on the prevention of accidents and injuries in the Member States by public health actions. It provides a strategic framework in form of a Community action plan which will help the Member States prioritise their actions in reducing accidents and injuries.

THE NATIONAL HEALTH PROMOTION STRATEGY 2000-2005

Countries Covered: Ireland
Date: 
2005

The purpose of this new health promotion strategy is to set out a broad policy framework within which action can be carried out at an appropriate level to advance the strategic aims and objectives.

TACKLING HEALTH INEQUALITIES. A PROGRAMME FOR ACTION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

This plan sets out a Programme for Action for achieving two goals – the national health inequalities target and the wider challenges set by the underlying causes of health inequalities.

WALKING AND CYCLING: AN ACTION PLAN

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2004

This is an 8 year plan aiming to promote the health, travel, social benefits of walking and cycling. The barriers to walking and cycling have developed over a long period of time and the intention is to work towards long-term changes to overcome those barriers. This action plan sets out short-term, practical steps which Government and its partners will take with the aim of increasing levels of cycling and walking with safety in mind throughout.   The report discusses methods of improving the walking and cycling environment, providing better facilities for walking and cycling and  influencing travel behaviour.

NATIONAL PROGRAMME FOR IMPROVING MENTAL HEALTH AND WELL-BEING: ACTION PLAN

Countries Covered: Scotland
Date:
 2003

This is a 3 year strategy forms a key part of the Scottish Executive’s work on improving health in Scotland and in achieving greater social justice by working to address mental health inequalities and reduce the opportunity gap experienced by people with mental health problems. This document sets out the main aims and areas of activity for national work and provides a suggested outline for local areas to follow.

LIVING PLACES: CLEANER, SAFER, GREENER

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2003

This document sets out the Government’s approach to making cleaner, safer, greener public spaces to enhance the quality of life in our neighbourhoods, towns and cities. The quality of public spaces affects all of us wherever we live and work. Safe, well-maintained and attractive public spaces have a critical role in creating pride in the places where we live which, in turn, is essential to building community cohesion and successful communities. But all too often, we experience places that are unwelcoming, unkempt and difficult – or even dangerous – to use.

CAPIC COLLABORATION FOR ACCIDENT PREVENTION & INJURY CONTROL

Countries Covered: Wales
Date:
 2002

This document has been written by members of the Collaboration in
Accident Prevention and Injury Control (CAPIC), a virtual Wales Injury
Prevention Network, with the support of the Welsh Assembly Government. The Collaboration commends this document for consideration by the Welsh Assembly Government.

PREVENTING ACCIDENTAL INJURY – PRIORITIES FOR ACTION

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2002

This report by the Accidental Injury Task Force offers a practical way forward to cross-Government action which would have the greatest impact in preventing injury. The Task Force has identified where efforts should be focused in future, and how they can have maximum impact through better planning, co-ordination and leadership. It has set out an agenda for delivering real reductions in accidental injury, which result in deaths and serious injuries, and has identified proven practical measures that can be applied now.

CRIME REDUCTION STRATEGY

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
1999

Safe and healthy communities need a strong, shared respect for the proper boundaries of the law and collective condemnation for all those who break them.  Reducing crime and the fear of crime enhances liberty and revitalises communities. The fight against crime is an integral part of the Government’s commitment to make Britain a better place to live.  This is an ambitious programme of work which will – if achieved – represent an unprecedented reduction in levels of recorded crime against the predicted scale.