Useful resources

We offer a range of toolkits, databases, interactive maps and online resources for use by health professionals, academics and the general public.

Below you'll find our surveillance systems and other useful tools to help you in your search for public health information and data.

Our surveillance systems:

Integrated Monitoring System (IMS)
IMS brings together a number of established monitoring systems across Cheshire and Merseyside; these include IAD/LAIKA (Syringe Exchange Scheme), BAKER (alcohol brief interventions) and GOLIATH (drug brief interventions) in order to identify thousands of individuals using drugs or alcohol problematically.

Trauma and Injury Intelligence Group (TIIG)
Established to look at access to quality and reliable injury information. A major element of TIIG is the ongoing development of an Injury Surveillance System (ISS) across the North West of England. The TIIG ISS collects and reports on injury data from local emergency departments (EDs) across Merseyside, Cheshire, Cumbria, Lancashire and Greater Manchester. TIIG also warehouses data collected by the North West Ambulance Service.

HIV Surveillance
The Unit collects, collates and disseminates data on the diagnosis, treatment and care of HIV positive individuals in the North West. Accurate and comprehensive data on all HIV positive individuals accessing services from statutory treatment centres in the North West are presented in the HIV and AIDS in the North West of England reports.

Drug Interventions Programme (DIP)
DIP’s aim is to identify and engage with drug using offenders at every stage of the criminal justice system. At each stage the intention is to provide services tailored to clients’ specific needs, addressing issues such as housing, education, employment, finance, family relationships and health as well as offending behaviour and drug use. DIP aims to provide a beginning-to-end support system that can direct drug using offenders out of crime and into treatment.

Other useful tools:

European Drug Prevention Quality Standards – Phase II
Promoting Excellence in Drug Prevention in the EU – Phase II of the European Drug Prevention Quality Standards Project. The Prevention Standards provide the first European framework for high quality drug prevention. Organised in an eight-stage project cycle, the Standards outline the necessary steps in planning, implementing and evaluating drug prevention activities.

Alice Rap
What works to address young people’s addictive behaviours?  These webpages present a summary of the findings of ALICE-RAP project Workpackage 16 “Adolescents as Customers of Addiction”. The aim of this research was to investigate the range of policies adopted by EU Member States to address addictive behaviours in young people. This included use of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs, and gambling.

Prevent Violence
Violence destroys the lives of millions of people throughout the world. In the UK alone, almost three million incidents of violence are estimated to be committed towards adults each year, with thousands more directed at children. Yet, violence and its devastating impacts on individuals, families, communities and wider society can be prevented. The purpose of this website is to provide a violence prevention resource for policy makers, practitioners and others working to tackle and prevent violence.

NightSCOPE is an online resource designed to help local policymakers and practitioners assess and strengthen their approaches to providing safe and healthy nightlife environments. It can be used for a city, town or other specified nightlife area and involves the completion of a short structured questionnaire by representatives from a range of local agencies. Responses are brought together to identify where approaches are well developed and where they could be strengthened.

Healthy Nightlife Toolkit
The Healthy Nightlife Toolbox (HNT) is an international initiative that focuses on the reduction of harm from alcohol and drug use among young people.

HIV Tool
The North West HIV and AIDS Monitoring Unit at the Public Health Institute collect, collate and disseminate data on the diagnosis, treatment and care of HIV positive individuals in the North West. Annual reports and interactive PCT database are available.

Local Alcohol Profiles for England (LAPE)
LAPE provides 25 different indicators of harms associated with alcohol use for every local authority in England. The 2012 update reveals every local authority is experiencing substantial ill health, anti-social behaviour and premature deaths as a result of alcohol but levels are substantially higher in the poorest communities.

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