New National Child Mortality Database announced

The death of every child is a tragedy, so it’s all the more important to understand the causes and circumstances of child deaths so that the learning can be translated into action which will reduce potentially avoidable deaths in the future.

A new National Child Mortality Database (NCMD) is being developed at the University of Bristol that aims to reduce premature mortality by analysing data on all deaths in children in England, aged between birth and 18 Years.

The new database will be funded initially for four years and has been commissioned by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership (HQIP) on behalf of NHS England. The Database project will work closely with Child Death Overview Panels (CDOPs) across the country which review child deaths in Engand.

Dr Karen Luyt, the NCMD Programme Lead from Bristol Medical School at the University of Bristol said: “Bringing national data together to be analysed centrally will provide additional learning beyond what can be achieved within local systems. It will mean patterns and trends in children’s death can be identified and action taken to help prevent the risk of future deaths.”

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Updated July 2018