The following table shows the number of attendances at accident and emergency (A&E) departments by patients aged 18 and under with a recorded first diagnosis of psychiatric conditions, those where the recorded patient group is 'intentional self harm' and those where both criteria appear, from 2010/11 to 2017/18. Attendances do not represent the number of patients, as a person may attend a National Health Service hospital on more than one occasion within the period.
Count of A&E attendances for patients aged 18 and under
Diagnosis - Psychiatric Conditions
Patient Group - Intentional Self Harm
Attendances where both the above codes were recorded
Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital
- Attendances do not represent the number of patients, as a person may attend an NHS hospital on more than one occasion within the period.
- The recording of the diagnosis field within the A&E data set is not mandatory.
- HES figures are available from 2007-08 onwards. Changes to the figures over time should be interpreted in the context of improvements in data quality and coverage and changes in NHS practice. For example, changes in activity may be due to changes in the provision of care.