Mental Illness: Children and Young People:Written question - 181292

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Asked on: 18 October 2018
Department of Health and Social Care
Mental Illness: Children and Young People
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Answer of 8 February 2016 to Question 25146 on Mental health services: children, how many people aged 18 and under were admitted to A&E for (a) deliberate self-harm and (b) psychiatric conditions in England in each of the last three years.
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Answered by: Matt Hancock
Answered on: 23 October 2018

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

Criteria

Year

2010-11

2011-12

2012-13

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Diagnosis - Psychiatric Conditions

9,372

11,688

13,800

17,407

18,685

22,092

23,293

27,487

Patient Group - Intentional Self Harm

18,291

18,144

17,821

21,769

21,358

22,656

21,545

21,904

Attendances where both the above codes were recorded

1,491

1,824

2,151

2,700

2,874

3,158

3,228

2,981

Source: Hospital Episode Statistics (HES), NHS Digital

Notes:

  1. Attendances do not represent the number of patients, as a person may attend an NHS hospital on more than one occasion within the period.
  2. The recording of the diagnosis field within the A&E data set is not mandatory.
  3. 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.

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