Information Sharing to Tackle Violence
The London Information Sharing to Tackle Violence (ISTV) programme is a two year programme co-ordinated by the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC) and funded through the Home Office Innovation Fund. The programme seeks to develop more effective data sharing between Community Safety Partnerships, health and other partners, using a new approach to collating and analysing anonymised Emergency Department (ED) data to inform community safety strategies and resourcing decisions across partner agencies.
The data collected is based on the ISTV Minimum Dataset (see below - Information Standards Board [ISB] 1594).
ISTV comprises a small anonymised dataset collected by EDs and shared on a monthly basis with the GLA SafeStats Team and local Community Safety Partnerships (CSP). The data covers all ED attendances resulting from violent incidents, including:
- Time and date of the incident
- Time and date of arrival in A&E
- Specific location of the incident
- Primary means of assault (i.e. weapon or body part used)
The data is included in the pan-London SafeStats database, which is made available to partners and facilitates more detailed analysis and mapping of the ED data alongside a range of other data, such as police crime data, TfL incident data. Further information on the SafeStats portal is available.
Since the programme started, the number of EDs sharing data has increased from four to 26 of the 29 EDs in London, and the remaining 3 have committed to starting to collect and share the data.