Dr Julie Mytton, Director of the Child Injury Health Integration Team (CIPIC HIT) reflects on the team's achievements in 2013-14.
The Child Injury Prevention and Injury Care (CIPIC) HIT considers the prevention, pre-hospital and hospital care, and rehabilitation of children and adolescents sustaining injuries. Over the last year we have been establishing ourselves as a network, including a successful launch event held at the Lifeskills Centre in south Bristol, where local primary school children learn injury prevention skills in simulated settings.
We have developed a public and patient involvement strategy and now need to implement this throughout our activities. Two of our topic themes, head injuries and burns and scalds, have blossomed with enthusiastic clinical leads, vision and several grant applications. We are excited about an emerging area of interest, informatics, and the potential to improve service design and commissioning through improved quality, linkage and use of child injury data.
The centralisation of specialist paediatric services across the city in May 2014 will have a major impact on the way trauma care and rehabilitation are delivered in Bristol and the wider area. This major service redesign has proved both a challenge and an opportunity for the HIT; a challenge as clinical leads have had significant additional work demands placed upon them to prepare for the move, but also an opportunity, since colleagues have worked collaboratively to devise care pathways for trauma and the chance to evaluate the impact of the move on patient care.
A workshop for rehabilitation therapists facilitated through the HIT mapped the complex pathways of existing provision and helped inform the centralisation process. We are preparing for our first annual public engagement event in September to showcase our achievements and raise awareness of child injury prevention and care.