Suicide: Health Services

Department of Health written question – answered on 9th January 2018.

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Photo of Ian Lavery Ian Lavery Co-National Campaign Coordinator, Shadow Minister (Cabinet Office), Party Chair, Labour Party

To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the follow-up process is for a patient admitted to hospital for attempted suicide.

Photo of Jackie Doyle-Price Jackie Doyle-Price The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

We expect National Health Service providers to follow evidence-based best practice set out by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence for the treatment of someone who presents at hospital for self-harm, including attempted suicide. Self-harm in over 8s: short-term management and prevention of recurrence (2004) is available at:

The guidance states that people who present at hospital for self-harm should be offered an initial psychosocial assessment to determine their need, risk and mental capacity. Decisions to either refer a person for further assessment and/or treatment or to discharge the person should be based on the assessment of needs and risks. If a person is temporarily admitted to hospital for self-harm, a further psychosocial assessment should be undertaken after admission and a clinical decision made whether to refer the person for further mental health assessment and/or treatment.

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