Injury Surveillance

Injury Surveillance

The West Midlands Injury Surveillance programme is co-ordinated by Public Health England and West Midlands Police and funded by

West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner.  The programme enables sharing of information between Community Safety Partnerships, health services and other partners.

Information on violence is held across different organisations. In bringing data together, we can get a fuller understanding of violence, including where and when it is occurring, and any patterns.

The work involves drawing in anonymised data from the following sources:

  • Hospitals across the West Midlands Combined Authority area:
    • Emergency Department data (the ‘ISTV’ dataset, detailing nature of injury, time & location of injury, and date & time arrived in ED)
    • Hospital ‘Admissions’ data (those admitted to stay in hospital after a violence incident)
  • West Midlands Police data on assaults
  • West Midlands Ambulance Service data on assaults (due to commence early 2019)

After collating the data, analysis is undertaken and the team create an intelligence report. This is then shared with local partners, including community safety partners, local council licensing teams, and health services. The analysis can help provide a better understanding of violence in our communities and inform strategies to tackle it, such as how partner organisations decide where is best to focus their efforts to prevent further violence in the future.

Analysis undertaken to create and intelligence report

Access the The Royal College of Emergency Medicine guidance on ISTV here.

For more information on this work in the West Midlands please contact us.