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The Oxford Monitoring System for Self-Harm

John Radcliffe Hospital and University Department of Psychiatry, Warneford Hospital, Oxford

This project is sponsored by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Information about patients is being collected in this hospital for the Oxford Monitoring System for Self-Harm. The University of Oxford's Department of Psychiatry and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust process the collected information.

Information on all cases of self-harm coming to the Emergency Department is recorded in a way that ensures patient confidentiality. Electronic identifiable patient data is destroyed at the end of each calendar year. The anonymised electronic data and the original paper forms are retained further.

We do not apply the National Spine data opt-out so that we can obtain accurate information about self-harm. However, you can opt out of this study if you wish. If you do not want your information included you can telephone or email our team.


What is Self-harm?

  • it is a non-fatal act
  • it is done intentionally
  • it includes both overdoses (self-poisoning) and self-injury (e.g. cutting)
  • it includes suicide attempts.


The Oxford Monitoring System for self-harm

  • began in 1976
  • is an integral part of the National Suicide Prevention Strategy for England
  • is funded by the Department of Health and Social Care
  • is the lead centre for the Multicentre Study of Self-harm in England
  • has provided a wide range of information on self-harm that has influenced local and national policies.


The aims of the Monitoring System are 

  • to find out how many people come to hospital after harming themselves
  • to monitor trends in self-harm over time
  • to help us understand about people who self-harm, so that we will know more about how to help and how to provide them with better care.
  • to study the outcomes of people who come to the hospital when they have self-harmed.


Helpful contacts 

 We do not provide a treatment service or advice for those in crisis. lf you are in crisis or feeling suicidal we urge you to seek help from your GP or through a helpline service. 



Samaritans:   116 123   

Childline:       0800 1111 

MIND:          0300 123 3393 



Oxford Mental Health Forum: 

Drug and Alcohol Service:              01865 403210 

CRUSE (bereavement counselling): 01865 245398 

Oxford Lesbian and Gay Helpline:   01865 726893 


lf you would like more information about the Monitoring System, or would like to opt out of the study, you can look at the Frequently Asked Questions page on our website at:

or contact: 

Debbie Casey 

University of Oxford Department of Psychiatry 

Warneford Hospital 

Headington, Oxford 

OX3 7JX 

Tel: 01865 613195