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National Patient Safety Agency

Head Injury in Children project

Thursday 7 April 2011


The approach to the care of children with head injuries is likely to change substantially from that found before the Centre for Maternal and Child Enquiries (CMACE) proposed production of findings in 2013, because of the development of major trauma centres and the Safe and Sustainable Children's Neurosurgical Services Review.


The Department of Health stated that they wish to review the data gathered so far in the Head Injury in Children project in order to support the current NHS work on trauma centres and neurosurgery. As a consequence the Department of Health has requested that all data and documentation relating to this project is returned to the National Patient Safety Agency (NPSA) and held pending the outcome of a review panel.


We are delighted to confirm that the review panel for Head Injury in Children will be chaired by Dr Sheila Shribman, National Clinical Director for Children, Young People and Maternity Services, Department of Health.


The panel is expected to commence work in May 2011 and will make recommendations on the use of existing data and additional work to be carried out. The names of the individuals to make up the full review panel are now being confirmed and will be announced shortly.