Delivering Accident Prevention
Delivering Accident Prevention at local level in the new public health system.
This handbook consists of two parts. The first part sets out the current level of accidents and their associated costs, and outlines how accident prevention fits into the new arrangements for public health, which came into effect in April. Part two contains a raft of case studies, fact sheets and research papers, highlighting how accident prevention can be delivered successfully, with subjects including falls prevention, home safety for under-5s, water safety, local transport plans and how to link up with other agendas such as child welfare.
The Handbook has been produced by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), supported by Public Health England (PHE) and funded by the Department of Health. The joint foreword by Anna Soubry, Minister for Public Health, and Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and wellbeing at Public Health England, describes the scale of accidents as "an issue that cannot be ignored".
The document provides valuable advice on effective interventions for those involved in developing local strategies, and on how partnership working can help improvements in accident prevention and other areas of public health.
It highlights the importance of reducing the huge burden of accidents on families, local communities, accident and emergency departments, the wider health and social care services and the economy as a whole, and the benefits of investing in prevention.