New NICE tools on unintentional injuries launched for councillors

Two new tools for councillors on unintentional injuries have been launched by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE).

'Key facts for local councillors' and 'Ten questions to ask if you are scrutinising local action on preventing unintentional injuries in u15s' are both launched today.

The tools are linked to the NICE recommendations on preventing unintentional injuries among under 15s (PH29; PH30 and PH31).

'Key facts for local councillors: making the case for investment' is produced by the Local Government Improvement and Development in partnership with NICE. It is designed to be used by local councillors with the help of their public health analyst, scrutiny officer or a member of the Local Children’s Safeguarding Board.

The aim of the tools is to help councillors inspire, challenge and lead the case for local investment at a strategic level in their local authority on the grounds of using the best evidence available; value for money and cost effectiveness; their personal or political commitment; or a combination of all of these.

'Ten questions to ask if you are scrutinising local action on preventing unintentional injuries in under 15s' is produced by the Centre for Public Scrutiny in partnership with NICE.

It provides a Q&A framework for members of overview and scrutiny committees (OSC) and their officers, based on the NICE guidance. It also provides information on how OSCs should prepare for scrutiny, and who to invite as witnesses.

Both these tools are available from the NICE, Centre for Public Scrutiny and Local Government and Improvement and Development Agency websites.

NICE have already developed a series of downloadable practical tools, including a slide presentation, and a costing tool, with an Excel template to help public professionals in local authorities disseminate the NICE guidance launched in later 2010 and build the case for investment.

Updated March 2012