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   Research in the Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention

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       Chief Investigator                              Lead Organisation            Funder                 Recruitment status          DHCFT Teams involved  

      Professor Keith Hawton  


            01865 738585                   

          University of Oxford

       University of Manchester

Derbyshire NHS Foundation Trust

    Department of


    On going since 2004

       Derbyshire South

           Liaison Team


Study name: Multicentre Study of Self-harm in England (MCM)

Study Link: http://cebmh.warne.ox.ac.uk/csr/mcm/


Hospital presentations for self-harm are a regular occurrence with figures as high as 200,000 in England and Wales. Self-harm can occur in relation to a number of problems including personal problems, emotional turmoil and psychiatric disorders. It carries a significant risk of subsequent suicide and has major impacts on family and friends. It also places pressure on busy Emergency Departments (ED), wards and clinicians as well as having major financial costs for the NHS.

The aim of the Multicentre study of self-harm in England is to conduct a series of studies on epidemiology, causes, clinical management, outcome and prevention. The research contributes to the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England (2002, 2012) and National Institute of Clinical Excellence guidance on self-harm. The research is collaboration between the University of Oxford, the University of Manchester and Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust.

This project is linked to the Derby Monitoring System for Self-harm, please visit: https://tinyurl.com/DerbyMonitoringSystem for more information.

         Chief Investigator     Lead Organisation            Funder                 Recruitment status          DHCFT Teams involved  

      Professor Navneet Kapur


            0161 2750727

University of Manchester           NIHR     Closed to recruitment

Derbyshire South Research

     Nurses R&D Centre



Study name: Predictive Accuracy of Risk Tools for Repeat Self-Harm

Study Link: http://public.ukcrn.org.uk/search/StudyDetail.aspx?StudyID=15814


Risk scales are often a core component of clinical assessments following self-harm. Recent investigations of 32 randomly selected hospitals found that 31 hospitals used some form of risk assessment, but there was a wide variability of the scales in use. There is considerable uncertainty over which scales to use because studies to date have had variable standards of methodological reporting and rigor.

The primary objective of this study was to determine how well different risk assessment scales administered following self-harm predict repeat episodes within six months. The secondary objective is to investigate clinicians' and service users' views on the use of these scales in routine practice.

         Chief Investigator     Lead Organisation            Funder                 Recruitment status          DHCFT Teams involved  

            Ellen Townsend


            0115 846 7305 

University of Nottingham       Department of Health       Closed to recruitment         CAMHS Liaison  


Study Name: Listen Up! Understanding and helping looked-after young people who self-harm.

Study Link: http://www.listen-up.ac.uk/listen-up/index.aspx


Self-harm in young people appears to be increasingly common. Looked-after young people (living in residential care or with foster parents) are at particularly high risk of self-harmful behaviour, yet there is little research targeting this group. The aim of this project was to increase understanding of the experience of self-harm in looked-after children and adolescents (age 11-21) in order to inform future services to help young people who self-harm.

The study examined the 'whys' of self-harm:

 - What do young people think are the key factors that led them to self-harm and maintain their self-harm?

- Are there any common sequences of behaviours, thoughts, experiences and events that lead to self-harmful behaviour? (pathways into self-harm).

- What factors influence recovery from self-harm? (pathways out of self-harm)

- Which services/supports and therapies are helpful and which are not?

The Centre for Self-harm and Suicide Prevention research 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 general practitioner, through a telephone helpline service such as Samaritans (UK telephone number 116 123 FREE from mobile/landline), or by discussing your problems with a friend or colleague. Befrienders Worldwide offers a comprehensive directory of crisis helplines worldwide. We are also not able to discuss individual cases.