Information on the number of accident and emergency (A&E) attendances where the primary diagnosis was a psychiatric condition is available from Hospital Episode Statistics (HES). This is shown in the table below and covers the period 2010-11 to 2015-16. The rise shown in the following table may be as a result of reduced stigma in relation to mental health and increased quality of recording.
Count of all A&E attendances (excluding planned attendances)1 and A&E attendances (excluding planned attendances) where there was a primary diagnosis of a psychiatric condition2 for 2010-11 to 2015-16
All A&E attendances (excluding planned attendances)
A&E attendances (excluding planned) with a primary diagnosis of psychiatric condition
Proportion of all attendances (excluding planned attendances) with primary diagnosis of psychiatric condition
Source: Hospital Episode Data (HES) NHS Digital
1A&E attendances (excluding planned attendances): planned attendances have been excluded from these figures
2 A&E diagnosis - psychiatric condition
The recording of the diagnosis field within the A&E data set is not mandatory. It is not known to what extent changes over time are as a result of improvements in recording practice. The diagnosis code used was 35 = Psychiatric conditions.