Detailed needs assessments

Falls and Bone Health, Accidents and Injuries



Falls and bone health

Falls and fall-related injuries are a common and serious problem for older people. The human cost of falling includes distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence, loss of independence and mortality. Falling also affects the family members and carers of people who fall. A fall can hasten a move into residential care. Those with osteoporosis (bone weakness) are at particularly high risk of bone fracture as a result of a fall.

The purpose of this (2014) needs assessment is to provide evidence to help us understand the current picture regarding falls and bone health in Swindon and make recommendations for future work to prevent falls in older people.

The latest Swindon data on emergency hospital admissions due to falls in people aged 65 and over can be found in the Public Health Outcomes Framework:


Childhood injuries

Unintentional injury to children is a significant public health issue. It is a major cause of avoidable ill health, disability and death and has a disproportionately large effect on people in deprived communities.

The leading, preventable causes of death and serious long-term harm in children under the age of five are: choking, suffocation and strangulation; falls; poisoning; burns and scalds; and drowning.

Public Health England have produced a Childhood Injuries Profile with an accompanying interactive data tool which contains the latest Swindon data.


Road traffic collisions

Swindon Borough Council is committed to making sure our roads are safe and fit for their purpose. Data shared by Wiltshire Police on reported road traffic collisions in which an injury to someone involved has occurred is used to assess the safety of our roads. Injury accident data is examined in tandem with a variety of other quantitative data such as traffic speeds and volumes, road surface skid resistance levels and qualitative input from Wiltshire Police. Using this holistic approach to road safety, officers seek to identify locations and trends for which effective solutions may be identified and which can be delivered to offer maximum improvement in road safety for Swindon's road users. Road traffic injuries are also reduced by the continued provision of road safety and awareness training and campaigns, to the public, and especially for children travelling to and from school.

The Department for Transport (DFT) publishes annual road casualty statistics. Most of the statistics are based on road accidents reported to the police (Stats19). These provide detailed statistics about personal injury road accidents, vehicles and casualties involved.

Further resources


JSNA Annual Summary – Falls and bone health, accidents and injuries

The JSNA Annual Summary contains a section on falls and bone health, accidents and injuries which can be accessed below. This summary page is only updated in March each year.



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