Headlines: September 24th, 2014

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A&E departments are now able to share data about attendees injured by violent crime with the police.

A new standard from the Health and Social Care Information Centre allows major NHS A&E departments in England to collect and share non-confidential data about attendances involving violent crime with Community Safety Partnerships.

The data that will be passed on includes the time and date of incident, where it happened and the primary means of assault i.e. weapon or body part used.

Community Safety Partnerships are made up of representatives from the police, local authorities, fire and rescue authorities, probation service and health workers.

The initiative is part of the government’s commitment to reduce knife and gun crime. Encouraging A&Es to share non-confidential information about the location of violent crimes will allow the police to target crime hotspots with stop-and-search measures.

The Information Standard is being introduced following work by the Cardiff Violence Prevention Programme, which indicated that this approach could reduce the severity of injuries and A&E attendances resulting from violent incidents by approximately 35%.

The new standard has been developed with the National College of Policing, Association of Chief Police Officers, Public Health England, College of Emergency Medicine and NHS England. The Department of Health is overseeing and sponsoring the implementation of change.