Our core purpose is to work with people and lead communities in improving their mental and physical health and wellbeing for a better life; through delivering excellent and responsive prevention, diagnosis, early intervention, treatment and care.
The Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention Research (CSSR) supports Trust staff and service users to lead on, collaborate or participate in a wide range of research studies around self-harm and suicidal behaviours.
The Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention Research (CSSR) was officially launched in August 2013, in recognition of the Trust’s involvement in this area for many years. In collaboration with professionals, service users and the public, the CSSR team aims to:
The Derby Monitoring System for Self-Harm is an evaluation of services and is also part of the Multicentre Study of Self-harm in England research project. The monitoring system aims to improve understanding and care for people who self-harm. To do this we collect information about every attendance to the Royal Derby Hospital’s Emergency Department which is due to self-harm. Derbyshire Healthcare is the Data Controller.
For the purposes of the study we define self-harm as follows:
Members of the hospital’s Liaison Team collect the information from hospital records and are responsible for it. The team members have been approved by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and so are bound by the Trust’s promise to keep information confidential and safe.
Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and the Department of Health fund the monitoring.
All the information collected is protected by strict guidelines governing service evaluation, research and the holding of personal information.
We summarise the information we collect so that individuals cannot be identified. It tells us important information such as:
We also link the information we collect with civil registration data held by NHS Digital. This is done securely and in line with strict legal and ethical guidelines.
For more details about how patient data is processed by Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, visit our data security page.
Monitoring of self-harm attendances to hospital began in Oxford in 1976, in Derby in 1991 and in Manchester in 1997.
In 2006 Derby joined up with researchers in Oxford and Manchester to create the Multicentre Study of Self-harm in England.
The project is funded by the Department of Health and feeds into the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England.
We collect data on everyone who presents to the Royal Derby Hospital emergency department following self-harm. We collect this data in order to monitor self-harm rates over time, and to investigate different aspects of self-harm behaviour in order to help improve patient care and policy.
As part of our work we look at mortality in people who self-harm and to do this we securely share patient identifiable data with information services at NHS Digital. This data is linked to Civil Registration data, which can tell us whether the people we collect data on in Derby are still alive, if they have died, or if they have lost contact with the NHS – for example by leaving the country.
The monitoring of self-harm attendances in Derby complies with the Data Protection Act and NHS information governance procedures, and has a strong information security and management policy to ensure that any identifiable information we hold remains confidential and safe. Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust is the data controller.
A limited amount of follow-up information is shared with similar self-harm monitoring projects based at the University of Oxford and the University of Manchester, as part of the Multicentre Study of Self-harm in England. We do share date of death and cause of death, but we do not share any, names, addresses, or date of birth for anyone we collect data on. Instead we use local study codes in our combined Multicentre Study data to link together data for each person.
If you have attended the emergency department at the Royal Derby Hospital for self-harm, and have any concerns about how your data is linked in the mortality follow-up, please get in touch. In addition, if you would like any more details about the nature and purpose of the local monitoring system or if you would like to opt out of either the Derby monitoring system or mortality follow up, please contact us:
By phone on 01332 623700 ext. 33681
By email: email@example.com
Or, by post to The Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention, Research and Development Centre, Derbyshire healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Kingsway Hospital, DERBY, DE22 3LZ.
Whether you are already working in the field of self-harm and/or suicide prevention research or with people in crisis, please do get in touch to further discuss the work we are involved in or future collaborations.
Tel: 01332 623700, ext. 33681
Director for the Centre of Self-harm and Suicide Prevention Research
Having worked as a mental health nurse and team lead in the Derby acute general hospital setting, Keith has over 25 years of clinical experience in Liaison psychiatry, self-harm and suicide prevention. He is joint lead for the Derby site of the Multicentre Study of self-harm in England; sits on the steering group for the National Suicide Prevention Alliance; and was awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship by the Trust in 2013.
Health Services Research Lead
Research Project Manager for Liaison Psychiatry and the Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention Research at the Trust. Joint lead for the Derby site of the Multicentre Study of Self-harm in England.
Liaison Team Research Assistant
MSc in Clinical Aspects of Psychology. Current research interests include: high impact users of A&E, suicide, self-harm, delirium, confusion and stigma of mental health difficulties.
Research and Clinical Audit Assistant
MSc in Health Psychology. Current research interests include: suicide, self-harm, dementia, eating disorders, older adults, health behaviours and psychopharmacology.
Multicentre Monitoring Research Assistant
MSc in Applied Forensic Psychology. Current research interests include: suicide, psychophysiology, self-harm and therapeutic alliance within inpatient settings.
The Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention Research team are unable to provide a treatment service or advice for those in crisis. If you are in crisis or feeling suicidal we urge you to seek help from your GP, through a telephone helpline service such as Samaritans (UK telephone number 116 123 free from a mobile or landline), or by discussing your problems with a friend or colleague. For more information for Derby and Derbyshire, visit our help in a mental health crisis page. Befrienders Worldwide offers a comprehensive directory of crisis helplines worldwide. We are also not able to discuss individual cases.
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