Dr Julie Mytton, Director of the Child Injury Health Integration Team (CIPIC HIT) gives an update of the HIT's activities in 2014-15.
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. Specialist paediatric services, including trauma care, were centralised at University Hospitals Bristol (UH Bristol) in May 2014, a major re-organisation of services leading to changes to care pathways. In March 2015 UH Bristol had its first peer review inspection of its paediatric major trauma centre services, and were commended on their team working, communication and patient tracking and data collection systems. We held our first conference at the Watershed in Bristol in September with Eustace DeSousa, Lead for Children and Families at Public Health England, as a key note speaker.
We are strengthening our links with Bristol City Council, who have published a five year action plan for a Safe Systems approach to road safety. We are working closely with Avonsafe, an injury prevention partnership covering the West of England, and have contributed to the update of the West of England Injury Prevention Strategy. Our joined-up prevention, care and rehabilitation model is attracting interest, with requests to present at meetings in Southampton, Exeter and at the Faculty of Paediatric Neuropsychology conference, which this year focused on traumatic brain injury in children.
Our burns and scalds theme has secured funding from the Roald Dahl Marvellous Nurse Inventing Room fund, to work with parents and children on a film of the journey following a moderate to severe burn injury. We also have a major award from the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme, for a feasibility study of a low friction environment for treating burn patients. The head injuries team is working on a feasibility study of support for parents of young children who sustain a mild head injury, to reduce the risks of post-concussion syndrome. We are developing ways to record rehabilitation services’ work, and the outcomes for their patients, so that we have a baseline from which we can assess progress.