Decision details

PCC DN - Funding for TARN (Trauma Audit & Research Network) 2020-2022 Comparator Report via The University of Manchester

Decision Maker: Director for Police, Crime, Criminal Justice and Fire

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: No


This report provides a robust method of data collection and analysis for a focused 2 week sprint audit to review the prevalence of people presenting to hospitals in Greater Manchester as a result of interpersonal violence. Two previous local reports provided a rich source of data and the aim is to continue to run this audit annually for 5 years in total to allow a rich local comparator dataset across all hospitals in Greater Manchester who receive trauma patients.

In parallel there was a national report funded by NHS England in 2021 using the same methodology.

The Trauma Audit & Research Network (TARN) is the mandated national clinical audit for traumatic injury and collects data from all trauma receiving hospitals across England, Wales and Ireland.

Established in 1990, TARN has become the key national provider for delivering evidence of quality trauma care for both clinical and commissioning purposes.

Through the data submitted to TARN, information is delivered to hospitals in the form of clinical reports and Major Trauma Dashboards to support all trusts in their governance of trauma care. In addition, the organisation is central in providing the facility to support allocation of the Best Practice Tariff for Major Trauma in excess of £60 million per annum across NHS England.

The organisation is able to deliver national quality improvement projects on behalf of Department of Health, NHS England and other healthcare bodies. TARN currently provides hospital level information to support the National Clinical Audit Benchmarking (NCAB) programme which was established by the CQC and HQIP to provide a snapshot of Trust audit data set against individual national benchmarks.

TARN has a strong global reputation in trauma research and holds the largest European trauma registry (approx. 1 million records). In the last 10 years, the group has generated 100+ publications with a further 50+ ongoing research projects within its portfolio.

No other organisation has the infrastructure and access to previous data to support this sprint audit and data analysis.


The GM VRU is seeking to award £5,000 to The University of Manchester to commission a report to review the prevalence of people presenting to hospitals in Greater Manchester as a result of interpersonal violence.

Publication date: 13/01/2023

Date of decision: 12/12/2022