Accidents are a leading preventable cause of death, serious injury and long-term disability, which devastate individuals, families, communities and businesses and place a huge burden on our health and social care system, and on society as a whole.
From 2016-2018, RoSPA, together with many valued partners, worked on a project to produce a national strategy for England, which would serve as a call to action for a step-change in the delivery of accident prevention across the country.
The document, launched in October 2018, is entitled Safe and active at all ages: a national strategy to prevent serious accidental injuries in England.
Ground-breaking in that it quantifies and addresses the different safety challenges faced across the whole life course, the strategy advocates a public health approach to accident prevention and shows how action by a wide range of local and national players could deliver reductions in accident rates and the associated injury burden. Importantly, it recognises the links between accident prevention and other issues on the public health agenda and highlights how programmes that seek to reduce accidental injury can also support healthy activity and other indicators of wellbeing.
Delivering the strategy
RoSPA and its partners will take forward a work programme to seek commitment and action on the recommendations contained within the strategy. Key performance indicators will be developed for each area in order to enable progress to be tracked and further activities to be planned.
If you want to know more about getting involved or want to register your commitment to contributing to the strategy’s delivery, please email [email protected]. Please also get in touch if you would like to receive a hard copy of the strategy.