Suicide Prevention National Transformation Programme

The Suicide Prevention National Transformation Programme has been established in response to a national commitment to reduce deaths by suicide by 10%, by 2020/21. Additional funding has been allocated to eight Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs) that have a high level of need, to support local plans.

The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (NCCMH) has been commissioned by NHS England to work alongside the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Safety in Mental Health (NCISH) with each STP to improve quality and safety, and support local plans to reduce suicide.

There are three areas of focus for the programme, based on evidence provided by NCISH about the highest levels of need:

  • Men (particularly those aged 35-54) – they have the highest incidence of deaths by suicide
  • People who use mental health services – around one third of people who die by suicide are in contact with services
  • People who have self-harmed – they are at increased risk of death by suicide.

To meet this aim:

  • NCISH has worked with each STP to understand their data and the evidence base (see below)
  • Each STP has created their own driver diagram for their multi-agency plans (see below)
  • NCCMH is providing quality improvement (QI) support, tailored to each STP’s local plans; including workshops, QI coaching sessions and quarterly learning days
  • NHS England and Public Health England (PHE) are supporting each STP at a regional and national level.

Programme resources

Examples of work

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