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NHS Bristol says cyclists are skating on thin ice

30 November 2010
A study conducted by NHS Bristol shows slipping on ice is the main cause of non-collision cycle accidents. As winter draws in more individuals will be admitted to hospital after slipping on icy roads or pavements. Although most people think of car crashes or pedestrian falls in relation to icy surfaces, a survey commissioned by NHS Bristol shows that slipping on a bike is also very common.

NICE releases guidance on preventing childhood injuries

30 November 2010
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has published new guidance aimed at reducing unintentional injuries to under -15s. Unintentional injuries cause almost 400 deaths per year in the UK, and thousands more serious injuries. Emergency admissions due to childhood accidents cost the NHS over £140 million per year. The NICE guidance aimed at tackling these problems has been...

Government pledges to increase Family Nurse Partnerships

29 November 2010
The government has pledged to increase their support for families via Family Nurse Partnerships (FNPs). They say that the number of families helped by FNPs will double by the year 2015. FNP is a programme of intensive, structured home visiting for young parents. Specially trained nurses visit family homes to support them through the first two years of their child’s life. Over 6,000 families...

Liberating the NHS - an Information Revolution

29 November 2010
As part of the NHS transformation, the government has opened a consultation on data – how can we make sure that health information is clear, useful and available to the right people? Liberating the NHS: An Information Revolution focuses on how to turn information from an inward-facing system, designed to provide facts for those who work within the NHS, to a system that focuses outwards, on the...

Nappy sacks - taking action on the risk to babies

29 November 2010
NHS Cornwall and Isles of Scilly are calling for the support of Making the Link members to help raise awareness of the dangers posed by nappy sacks following the deaths of two local babies since 2005 from asphyxia from nappy sacks.

How does poor housing affect accident rates?

29 November 2010
Poor housing is often overlooked as a factor contributing to childhood accidents. The release of the CLG English Housing Survey in November is a good opportunity to reflect on the link between the two.

Building Regulations Private Members Bill prompts debate around fire safety

29 November 2010
As the Lords debate fire safety, we’re looking at the value of sprinkler systems in preventing childhood injuries and deaths in home fires. Lord Harrison’s Building Regulations (Review) Bill would ensure that the building regulations for fire sprinklers are updated based on the latest findings from studies on fire safety.

Local authorities urged to 'make road safety budgets count'

14 October 2010
RoSPA, PACTS, Road Safety GB, and a number of other organisations have issued guidance to help local authorities set spending priorities for road safety. In anticipation of the comprehensive spending review, local authorities are being urged to prioritise effective road safety measures. A briefing document, entitled “Making it Count” sets out the measures which road safety organisations believe...

Risk: do we have our priorities right?

14 October 2010
A briefing by the Parliamentary Advisory Council on Transport Safety (PACTS) asks why we have been focusing on violent assaults, when road traffic accidents are the biggest non-natural killer of children and young people. It’s a problem that most accident prevention practitioners will have to face at some point. How do you explain to parents that their child is more at risk from accidents than...

What are place-based budgets?

14 October 2010
Place-based budgets are an attempt to solve the problem of waste and inefficiency in delivering local public services. By devolving power from central government, the aim is to encourage more joint working and collaboration at a local level, delivering better public services for less.