Peer Power Youth’s Annual Awards 2023

The Newham Youth Partnership promotes collaboration between organisations working with children, young people and families in Newham, east London. Newham-based Fight for Peace became a Vanguard partner earlier this year. The organisation works with young people aged 7-25, delivering boxing and martial arts training combined with personal development.
A public health approach means tackling an issue by preventing it from happening instead of treating it afterwards. Better to design and build safe pavements for people to walk on than fix broken bones from people falling over in the high street! To do this we need to look at the cause of the problem (an uneven pavement next to a busy road?) and may also need to understand what created the cause (a global shortage of tarmac or a company using cheaper materials to meet their budget?) so we can decide how best to address it (increase pavement budgets or close the walkway while we wait for more tarmac?). This gives us an opportunity to offer environmental solutions that work for whole communities and prevent other people from being hurt in future.
The National Health & Justice team and the London Violence Reduction programme recently held a series of annual reviews with the London Vanguards. These were held in person, hosted by each Vanguard at venues within their ICS areas. The purpose of the annual reviews was for the Vanguards to reflect on their progress since launch, including successes and challenges they experienced in delivering this new model of care.
This June, the NHS London Violence Reduction Programme will launch the NHS London Violence Reduction Academy, in association with the academic partner chosen to work with the Programme on the delivery of the Academy work. The Violence Reduction Academy is a new initiative which aims to build evidence and share best practice around ways to reduce violence, supporting the health system to implement them across the capital.
A blog by Dr Estelle Moore (Chair PPN London) & Claire Ruiz (Senior Programme Manager, Violence Reduction Programme). London has implemented a world class pan-regional system of trauma care since 2010, resulting in improvements in patient outcomes, largely due to the restructure of the Major Trauma System that has optimised clinical care delivery (Cole et al, 2015)1.
Our Clinical Director, Martin Griffiths OBE, gave the keynote speech at Together for London’s Children, a Summit arranged by The London Innovation and Improvement Alliance, on 9 February, held in the Guildhall. This was a packed meeting with senior leaders and councillors from local government, NHS organisations, Ofstead, MOPAC and many others.
The Darzi Fellowship is an academic programme supporting Fellows to lead a live piece of systems change work- the “Darzi Challenge”. My Darzi Challenge is to improve the anonymised data shared by London’s 28 Emergency Departments regarding assault related presentations through Information Sharing to Tackle Violence (ISTV). Information Sharing to Tackle Violence – London Datastore.
Most patients who present to Emergency Departments (EDs) with violence-related injuries do not report the violence to police. This means our EDs have access to unique information about the hidden level and nature of violence, and the places where violence is prevalent. By recording this information, ED staff become advocates for violence reduction and prevention. This information equips our partners to develop and implement violence reduction strategies and local prevention measures, ultimately building safer communities, improving health and social outcomes, and saving lives.
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