The guidance is designed to support members of Community Safety Partnerships (CSPs) including the police, to deliver the coalition’s commitment to make hospitals share non-confidential information with the police to help them better understand where knife and gun crime is happening and to help them target stop and search operations in those crime hotspots.

The guidance claims that only 23 per cent of people treated in hospital as a result of violent assaults are also recorded by the police.

Accident and emergency departments are expected to collect and share information with CSPs on the type, location and time of assaults, appropriately anonymised.

The guidance acknowledges that it might not always be easy to establish who, within the acute trust, is responsible for sharing this information and with this in mind we would advise acute trusts to formally designate someone to hold this responsibility.

The guidance includes a chart which shows the dataset recommended by the College of Emergency Medicine which may be of assistance to those tasked with providing the information to the police.