The Trauma and Injury Intelligence Group (TIIG) was initially set up in Merseyside in 2001, developed through a multi-agency steering group which included primary care trusts (PCTs), emergency departments (EDs), police, Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships (CDRPs), universities, the fire and rescue service and the North West Ambulance Service.
Based with the Public Health Intelligence Unit at the Public Health Institute, Liverpool John Moores University, TIIG was established to develop an injury monitoring system for the routine collection of deliberate and unintentional injury data.
The purpose of the TIIG monitoring system is to enable systematic data collection, sharing and use across the North West of England, with the aims of:
TIIG promotes the use of injury data provided through the ISS amongst local agencies by publishing and distributing monthly reports, along with a range of themed reports such as Childhood Injuries and Assaults. TIIG also works with local partners and EDs to address any gaps in injury data, in particular by helping EDs to enhance datasets to collect extra information on falls, childhood injuries, alcohol and violence.
The additional violence information (e.g. specific location of assault) collected by a number of EDs is collated by TIIG into monthly and bi-weekly reports and distributed to a range of agencies working to prevent violence including community safety partnerships (CSPs), police, licensing authorities, NHS trusts and local councils’ public health teams. These data help the police and licensing authorities identify hotspot areas for assaults, providing information for targeted policing and license reviews.
Specifically, emergency services data have been used by a variety of agencies to inform, monitor and evaluate prevention strategies. Area of residence data have enabled interventions to target at-risk groups and communities. The following are examples of how data provided by the TIIG ISS have been used locally:
A brief introduction to TIIG, and a demonstration of one of the uses of TIIG data in our VRU data hub dashboard.
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