Insight from health data helps fight crime across London

Insight from health data helps fight crime across London

The value added through health analytics goes well beyond improving health outcomes for patients and efficiency for commissioners.

Our collaboration with the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) has hit the headlines in helping to fight crime in the capital.

We aggregate data from 28 of London’s 30 emergency departments and use our DSCRO (Data Service for Commissioners Regional Office) capabilities to link this with police data.

Key to the success was to understand that these services were under great pressure; we therefore made data entry as simple as possible for them. We worked at scale to process this data across London, ensuring much greater insight by increasing the number of emergency departments submitting data.  We have worked closely with trusts and MOPAC to improve data quality, enabling us to speed up data validation and processing.

They have managed to go from four hospitals in 2015 to 28 now. It is a hard thing to implement, so it is very impressive’

The work of MOPAC’s analysts on the reasons for people’s visits to A&E has helped identify 70 unknown crime hotspots, including violent incidents around schools, as well as a number of acid attacks in Hackney on weekdays. It has been invaluable in highlighting unreported crime.

The Deputy Mayor for Policing Sophie Linden said, “In one part of London, there was violence outside schools that was not being reported to police. People were coming through A&E departments but it was not picked up, so this allows police working with schools to understand what is happening and put some actions in place.”

Dr Adrian Boyle, of the Royal College of Emergency Medicine, who is organising the scheme nationally, said: “There is an England-wide priority that all hospitals should be doing this information sharing [but] the only place that has come close is London.

“They have managed to go from four hospitals doing it in 2015, to 28 hospitals now. It is a hard thing to implement, so it is very impressive.”

Our work with data sets across health and care, supporting improvements for communities will be vital as we move to support population health management for STPs and ICS.