Best practice hospital management of self-harm
In the video below, Dr Pauline Turnbull talks about the clinical guidance available on the hospital management of self-harm.
You can also view a transcript (PDF).
NICE guidelines for self-harm
NICE guidelines on the short and long-term management of self-harm contain detailed guidance about care provided by primary, community and secondary health and social care services.
This guidance can help to improve services for people who self-harm, and help services to support people in reducing and eventually stopping their self-harm.
You can access these resources at the links below:
The Quality Standard for Self-Harm
In 2013, NICE published the Quality Standard for Self-Harm, which should be read in conjunction with the short- and longer-term management guidance.
The quality standard includes eight key components of best practice that, when implemented, will help to raise the standards of care for people who self-harm:
- People are treated with compassion, respect and dignity.
- They receive an initial assessment of physical health, mental state, social circumstances and risk of suicide.
- They receive a comprehensive psychosocial assessment.
- They receive the monitoring they need to keep them safe.
- They are cared for in a safe physical environment.
- Collaborative risk management plans are in place.
- They have access to psychological interventions.
- There is a transition plan when moving between services.