ChiMat – the National Child and Maternal Health Network

The National Child and Maternal Health Network (ChiMat) provides information and intelligence designed to improve decision-making for high quality, cost effective services. Its work supports policy makers, commissioners, managers, regulators, and other health stakeholders working on children's, young people's and maternal health.

The website is a treasure trove of data and resources and has gems that provide valuable information for child accident prevention.

We have highlighted several key tools; each not only provides national information but also offers customised local and regional data:

Reducing unintentional injuries in children and young people

Public Health England (PHE) has produced two reports to help reduce unintentional injuries in children and young people. The reports are based on analysis of key mortality and injury data in England and include recommendations for action.

  1. Reducing unintentional injuries on the roads among young people under 25 years
  2. Reducing unintentional injuries in and around the home among children under five years

However, the ChiMat website also contains easy to use tools to produce local versions of the above with data for each local authority or the relevant PHE centre, which enables you to compare data with regional neighbours.

  1. A local version of the report on reducing unintentional injuries on the roads (U-25s)
  2. A local version of the report on reducing unintentional injuries in and around the homes (U5s)

For those looking for greater detail about each topic there are comprehensive slide sets:

 

Child heath profiles

These profiles provide a snapshot of child health in each local authority. There are also summaries for each PHE area, strategic clinical networks (SCNs) and clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) benchmarked against England data. The profiles are designed to help the local authority and health services improve the health and wellbeing of children and tackle health inequalities.

The profiles cover a span of topics for children of all ages, including 32 indicators which include childhood obesity, young people’s child mental health, breastfeeding and poverty. The profiles provide information with enables you to compare a local authority with its statistical neighbours.

The indicators that most directly relate to accident prevention are:

  • Infant mortality
  • Child mortality rates (1-17 years)
  • Children killed or seriously injured in road traffic accidents
  • Hospital admission caused by injuries in children (0-14 years)
  • Hospital admission caused by injuries in young people (15-24 years)

Early years profiles

The early years profiles, developed with NHS England are designed to help commissioners and providers of health visiting services to assess the priorities for and outcomes of the transformation of health visiting services in line with the Health visitor implementation plan 2011-15.

The profiles show, at a glance, how your local area performs against key indicators. You can also compare the data with other local authorities and nationally. Baseline and trend information are provided where available. There is also a guide to help you interpret the data.

The profiles include 14 indicators including under-18s conception rates; breastfeeding prevalence and maternal mental health. One indicator relates directly to accident prevention and two are also directly relevant:

  • Hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries in children (aged 0-4 years)(2013/14)
  • Infant mortality (2011-13)
  • A&E attendances (age 0-4 years)(2013/14)

There are also, other tools on the ChiMat site that include references to accidents/injuries. For example the JSNA Navigator - Children and Young People takes you directly to the data which you need when conducting a joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) locally for children and young people. It is divided into five domains. Domain Four includes injuries and accidents.

The children and Young People's Health Benchmarking Tool presents a selection of indicators that are most relevant to the health and wellbeing of children and young people in an easily accessible way to support local decision making, enabling you to benchmark your authority against others. Two indicators are directly relevant to accident prevention:

  • hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries for children (0-14 years)
  • hospital admissions caused by unintentional and deliberate injuries for children and for young people (15-24 years)

More information

  1. The National Child and Maternal Health Network (Chimat)
  2. Reducing unintentional injuries in children and young peopl – ChiMAT web page
  3. The report: Reducing unintentional injuries on the roads among young people under 25 years
  4. The report: Reducing unintentional injuries in and around the home among children under five years
  5. A local version of the report on reducing unintentional injuries on the roads (U-25s)
  6. A local version of the report on reducing unintentional injuries in and around the homes (U5s)
  7. Slide set: Deaths and Injuries on the roads (U25s)
  8. Slide set: Deaths and injuries in and around the home (U5s)
  9. Child heath profiles – national data and tool for local/regional version

10.  Early years profiles – national data and tool for local/regional version

11.  Health visitor implementation plan 2011-15.

12.  JSNA Navigator - Children and Young People – data for a joint strategic needs assessment

13.  The Children and Young People's Health Benchmarking Tool – data for a range of health and wellbeing indicators

 

Updated September 2015