Self-harm: Mental Health Services

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 10th September 2018.

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Photo of Norman Lamb Norman Lamb Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons), Chair, Science and Technology Committee (Commons)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, how many and what proportion of people that attended A&E for self-harm received a psychosocial assessment in accordance with NICE guidelines in (a) 2016-17 and (b) 2017-18.

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

The information requested is not centrally held.

NHS England is continuing work to ensure that every person who presents at an accident and emergency (A&E) department for self-harm receives a psychosocial assessment. The Government is investing £247 million to roll out liaison mental health teams in A&E departments by 2020 to ensure that people who present at hospital with mental health problems get the appropriate care and treatment they need.

Liaison mental health teams are well placed to deal with presentations for self-harm and ensure that people receive a psychosocial assessment of their mental health needs to prevent further self-harming.

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