Self-harm training for health workers is inadequate

Healthcare professionals are not receiving the appropriate training and support they need to help people who self-harm, research suggests.

The study, which was published in the Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, said many self-harm patients continue to be dissatisfied with the care they receive and may experience ‘unhelpful attitudes’ from health professionals.

The researchers suggested that lack of professional education on self-harm care was the main cause of negative attitudes.

The paper said: ‘On the plus side, attitudes were mainly positive when staff were knowledgeable about self-harm and training and experience clearly did make a difference.'

But the researchers also warned that current squeezes on the DoH budget means it is ‘unlikely’ that training for self-harm care will be made mandatory, despite a recommendation by NICE in 2004 for this to happen.

The report concluded: ‘This has to be addressed to ensure that good quality care for service users is being provided to help individuals manage their self-harm.’

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register

Already registered?

Sign in

Before commenting please read our rules for commenting on articles.

If you see a comment you find offensive, you can flag it as inappropriate. In the top right-hand corner of an individual comment, you will see 'flag as inappropriate'. Clicking this prompts us to review the comment. For further information see our rules for commenting on articles.

comments powered by Disqus