Supporting people who present to the emergency department following self-harm – experience from Ireland's National Clinical Programme

Professor Anne Doherty, Dr Anne Jeffers, Dr Katarina Kavalidou, Dr Eve Griffin

75 minutes


June 2022

Congress webinar


In 2014 the Republic of Ireland commenced a National Clinical Programme in order to standardize response to people who present to the Emergency Department following Self-Harm. The programme funded staff to implement a Model of Care. This provides all who present following self-harm with an empathic, validating response; all receive a biopsychosocial assessment from a mental health professional; every effort is made to involve a family member or supportive friend in assessment and safety planning and all receive follow up and linkage to next care. This session outlines 7 years experience of the clinical programme, including the reason for introducing it and the impact it has had. It presents national data from a self-harm registry along with clinical data and finally describes the use of implementation science to identify the factors associated with success of the programme.

Chair: Professor Anne Doherty, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, UCD School of Medicine, Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Head of Courses and E-Learning, College of Psychiatrists of Ireland, Editor in Chief, Books Programme, Royal College of Psychiatrists

A national clinical programme for self-harm in the Republic of Ireland - why it was introduced and how it has impacted - Dr Anne Jeffers MB MRCPsych FCpsychI MBA, National Clinical Lead for Self-Harm Clinical Programme 2017- 2021

Presentations following self-harm or with suicide related ideation - clinical data from Republic of Ireland emergency departments 2018 -2021 - Dr Katarina Kavalidou MMSc PhD

Evaluation of the impact and implementation of a national clinical programme for the management of self- harm in hospital emergency departments - Dr Eve Griffin BA PhD, Research Fellow, School of Public Health, University College Cork, National Suicide Research Foundation


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