Warwickshire’s Health and Wellbeing Board is committed to ensuring the best possible start to life for children, young people and their families, and this includes children being kept safe from harm. Indeed, Local Authorities have a responsibility to deliver on the Public Health Outcomes Framework indicator 2.7: to reduce hospital admissions from unintentional and deliberate injuries for children and young people.
In Warwickshire, hospital admissions following an injury amongst 0-4 year olds and 0-14 year olds are currently significantly higher than the national and regional averages, and higher than the majority of our statistical neighbours. There has been a notable rise in these admissions since 2012/13.
An initial report has been produced that examines the rise in hospital admissions following an injury in Warwickshire by providing an overview of admissions for childhood injuries in Warwickshire, and where available providing comparative rates between Warwickshire, our statistical peers, the West Midlands region and England. It includes comparative rates within the districts and boroughs in Warwickshire. The most common types of injury sustained are described.
The report also examines the pathways from injury to hospital admission. Accident and Emergency (A&E) departments are the main route to an admission in hospital following an injury. For this reason Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) data for A&E attendance following an injury is also examined, along with the characteristics of those attending A&E and those who are then admitted to hospital.
Recommendations for local actions emerging from a multi-disciplinary working group set up by Warwickshire Public Health and a one-day workshop to begin to focus on local needs and early actions for unintentional injuries prevention are presented.
Click here to access the report