Suicide

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Chris Ruane Chris Ruane Shadow Minister (Wales)

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, if he will list the (a) Government departments, b) executive agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies that have contributed to the Cross-Government Suicide Prevention Plan.

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

In 2018, the Department of Health and Social Care established a National Suicide Prevention Strategy Delivery Group (NSPSDG). The NSPSDG has developed the Cross-Government Suicide Prevention Workplan, which we published last month, and will be responsible for tracking, monitoring and reporting on the implementation of the Workplan. Further information is available at the following link:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/suicide-prevention-cross-government-plan

The NSPSDG comprises lead policy officials across Government and delivery agencies, including the voluntary and charitable sector through the National Suicide Prevention Alliance (NSPA), including:

- Department of Health and Social Care;

- Public Health England;

- NHS England/ NHS Improvement (joint representative);

- Care Quality Commission;

- Ministry of Justice;

- Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service;

- Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody;

- Office for National Statistics;

- Home Office;

- Department for Education;

- Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government;

- Department for Work and Pensions;

- Department for Transport;

- Health Education England;

- Highways England;

- Chief Coroner’s Office;

- Government Equalities Office;

- Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs;

- British Transport Police;

- Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport;

- Local Government Association;

- Association of Directors of Public Health; and

- National Suicide Prevention Alliance.

The membership of the NSPSDG will be reviewed regularly to ensure that it continues to reflect the strategic direction and priorities of the strategy. The Delivery Group will ensure that the Suicide Prevention Workplan is implemented and continues to evolve as new actions to prevent suicide are identified.

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