Salisbury Foundation Trust


Internal Reference Number: FOI_5559

Date Request Received: 10/02/2020 12:36:40

Date Request Replied To: 21/04/2020 13:23:12

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Request Summary: suicide risk assessments

Request Category: Students (Educational)

Question Number 1:
Which suicide risk assessments do you use at your trust?
Answer To Question 1:
We use a mental health matrix which was co-designed with mental health services
Question Number 2:
What training do your staff undertake in using those suicide risk assessments? 
Answer To Question 2:
The form is incredibly self-explanatory. New starters are informed of the processes in place and are encouraged to complete the matrix risk assessment on all patients presenting with a mental health problem. This is well embedded within the department
Question Number 3:
What training do your staff have in assessing risk of suicide in general? 
Answer To Question 3:
Our consultants have received specific training and this is cascaded to junior staff during inductions / case discussions. Nursing staff cover mental health risk assessment in their inductions / study days
Question Number 4:
What is the procedure your staff follow when they identify a person at risk of suicide? 
Answer To Question 4:
Completion of the risk matrix, recording of accurate description, placed in a area of high visibility and referred to the mental health liaison team in hours and the intensive support team overnight.
Question Number 5:
How many people have been assessed for risk of suicide between 2012 and 2020, if possible by month and department
Answer To Question 5:
I do not have this data available – patients are not classified by their risk of suicide but by their differential diagnosis
Question Number 6:
How many people were identified as at risk of suicide between 2012 and 2020, if possible by month and department
Answer To Question 6:
As per question 5.
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