Category Archives: Cross-Cutting Themes

ENGLAND: TRAUMA AND INJURY PATHWAY DATA FOR CLINICAL COMMISSIONING GROUPS

‘Commissioning for Value’ data packs have been produced for each Clinical Commissioning Group in England through a collaboration between NHS England, Public Health England and NHS Right Care. New topic-specific ‘Pathways on a page’ packs, first published November 2014, address 13 conditions including a ‘Trauma & Injury Pathway’. The pathways are presented in chart form showing a series of indicators that depict the pathway from initial contact to end of treatment and how the CCG compares with a similar group of CCGs. The pack also picks out ‘headlines for your health economy’ for each CCG.

 

ENGLAND: POTENTIAL YEARS OF LIFE LOST DUE TO INJURY

The Health and Social Care Information Centre has released a set of new ‘Clinical Commissioning Group Indicators’.These include,  in ‘Domain 1 – Preventing People Dying Prematurely’, indicator 1.1 ‘Potential years of life lost (PYLL) from causes considered amenable to healthcare’. This provides the ability to compare PYLL due to injuries compared to other causes, by year(s) and sex, at national and clinical commissioning group level

Further information: http://nww.indicators.ic.nhs.uk/webview/  NHS and restricted public health -only access   https://indicators.ic.nhs.uk/webview/     public access

PARACHUTE – A CANADIAN CHARITABLE ORGANISATION DEDICATED TO PREVENTING INJURIES AND SAVING LIVES

Parachute is a Canadian charitable organisation dedicated to preventing injuries and saving lives.

http://www.parachutecanada.org/

Information, tools and guides are available for the following injury topic areas:

UK: GAS SAFETY WEEK 15th– 21st SEPTEMBER 2014 – FIGHTING FOR A GAS SAFE NATION

Gas Safe Register is launching its fourth national Gas Safety Week on the 15th– 21st September.Gas-Safety-Week-14-web-banner-300x250 Gas Safety Week is a national campaign to raise awareness of gas safety amongst the UK’s 23 million gas consumers. Its aim is to educate people on how to stay safe at home and protect themselves from the risks of unsafe gas appliances, such as carbon monoxide poisoning, gas leaks, fires and explosions. By law, only Gas Safe registered engineers can work on gas. So far over 1,400 organisations have pledged their support for the week to raise awareness of gas safety. They’re helping to remind the public to always check their engineer is registered and qualified for the work they need doing by checking their Gas Safe ID card. Have you pledged your support too? Further information: www.GasSafetyWeek.co.uk

EUROPE: RAPID ALERT SYSTEM ON DANGEROUS PRODUCTS – RAPEX 2013

For 10 years the EU Rapid Information system (RAPEX) has been guarding European consumers against un-safe non-food products. In 2013 a total of 2,364 measures were taken by EU Member States. This figure indicates a 3.8% rise in alerts compared to 2012 and continues the increasing trend which has been apparent since the establishment of RAPEX in 2003.

WORLD: WHO: NEW TOOL FOR CAUSE-OF-DEATH DATA ANALYSIS

The WHO Department of Health Statistics and Information Systems recently launched a new tool for analysing mortality level and cause-of-death
data version 2 (ANACoD V.2). One of the unique features of ANACoD V.2 is that it contains a module for detailed analyses of external causes of injury deaths. The release of this new tool is one of WHO’s efforts to maximize the use of mortality and cause-of-death data by all Member States for health policy planning, practice, monitoring and evaluation.

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”.

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

 

CHANGING BEHAVIOURS IN PUBLIC HEALTH

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 2013

This LGA briefing for councillors and officers explains how behavioural change interventions – or nudge theory as it is dubbed – can help local authorities fulfil their public health responsibilities.

INFOGRAPHIC- WASTED LIVES: CHILD ACCIDENTS AND DEATHS

Countries Covered: England and Wales
Date: 2013

The Safegaurding Children e-Academy has created an infographic giving information about child accidents and deaths. The resource is downloadable as a poster and gives statistics on the number of deaths, hospital admissions, and road accidents that occur in England and Wales. You can access this resource online at http://www.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/wasted_lives_child_accidents_and_deaths

GO SAFE SCOTLAND – NEW SAFETY TOOL FOR CHILDREN

An interactive safety resource for primary school children in Scotland, called Go Safe Scotland, has been launched in Glasgow.  This resource will help to deliver key safety messages and support the aims of the Curriculum for Excellence.  Many partners have been involved throughout the creation of the resource and RoSPA in Scotland is pleased to be involved with this great initiative.

SCOTLAND: NEIGHBOURHOOD ALERT SYSTEM

The Neighbourhood Alert System, is a new tool used to communicate with Neighbourhood Watches and other local residents about local and national safety issues.  Information and alerts that are relevant to you, your area and your interests can be received by registering via the NWS website and clicking on the big green ‘Join’ button.

PUT MENTAL HEALTH ON TIMETABLE, SCHOOLS URGED

Country: UK
Date: 2013
Mental health lessons should be on the timetable in every secondary school in the UK a new charity has urged.  MindFull has launched an online counselling service to support and advise 11- to 17-year-olds.  

GUIDE TO GET YOUNG PEOPLE ACTIVE

This guide produced by Sustrans gives people working in schools and colleges tips and advice on how to engage 11 to 18-year-olds in cycling, walking and public transport use.

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.

 

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.

UK: ROSPA INFOCENTRE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2012

RoSPA’s Infocentre, based at the Society’s headquarters in Birmingham, houses a unique collection of safety-related documents and provides an extensive enquiry service on all aspects of safety and health. For RoSPA Members the service is free, included as part of the annual subscription.

11 EVIDENCED BASED REVIEWS RELEASED BY THE UK VIOLENCE AND INJURY PREVENTION FOCAL POINT

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2011

The UK Violence and Injury Prevention Focal Point, have released 11 evidenced based reviews (covering on Burns, Child Maltreatment, Childhood Injuries, Elder Abuse, Falls in Older People, Intimate Partner Violence, Road Traffic Accidents, Self Harm and Suicide, Sexual Violence, Sports Injuries and Youth Violence) designed for the non-specialist.

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

TACKLING YOUTH DRINKING—DRINKAWARE LAUNCHES NEW SECTION ON WEBSITE

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2010

Drinkaware, a UK charity which aims to reduce alcohol harm, has launched a new section of its website dedicated to offering alcohol advice to professionals who work with young people.

PREVENTING INJURIES IN EUROPE: FROM INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION TO LOCAL IMPLEMENTATION

Countries Covered: Europe
Date: 
2010

WHO and the European Commission have released a report which documents progress made during their three-year project, which aimed to prevent injury and promote safety. The report assesses the implementation of 99 evidence-based programmes, which include not only five causes of unintentional injury and six types of violence, but also measures that alleviate socioeconomic inequalities in injuries and violence and tackle alcohol as a risk factor.

TACKLING HEALTH INEQUALITIES. BEST PRACTICE GUIDANCE TO SUPPORT NHS PLANNERS AND COMMISSIONERS

Countries Covered: UK
Date: 
2005

The Local Delivery Plan (LDP) Technical Note produced for the service set out the planning requirements for the NHS, including specific requirements relating to inequalities. The aim of this paper is to provide further information on inequalities to support NHS planners and commissioners in doing that. The action outlined in the paper is not mandatory.