National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness

As the UK’s leading research programme in this field, the Inquiry produces a wide range of national reports, projects and papers – providing health professionals, policymakers, and service managers with the evidence and practical suggestions they need to effectively implement change.

WHAT'S NEW - Inquiry update

2014 Inquiry call for study topics

The annual call for new topics of study is now open. Deadline for submission 28 November 2014. Further information and the topic proposal form.

National Confidential Inquiry Annual Report 2014 (16 July 2014)

Report videos:

Inquiry report publication schedule 2014-16

Latest research papers

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Stakeholder survey 2014

The survey will only takes a few minutes to complete and we value your opinion. Please give us your feedback on our research and how we share our findings.

Last year's survey findings: your views on our research
 

Current studies

Features of mental health organisations and suicide rates
This study will investigate a range of organisational characteristics of mental health service providers to establish which characteristics are associated with reduced suicide rates. This study will report later in 2014.

In-patient suicide whilst under non-routine observation
Thank you to all service users, consultants and nurses working in mental health that shared their experience in our online survey. In this study we are examining why suicide deaths occur on in-patient wards whilst individuals are under observation. This study will report in 2015.

Reports on recent findings

Suicide in primary care in England: 2002-2011 (March 2014)
Suicide risk increased with increasing GP consultations; non-attenders were also at higher risk. Other markers for risk and messages for primary care services identified. Read summary and download full report. Professor Louis Appleby (Director) presents the main findings and implications from the research.

Report videos:

Patient suicide: the impact of service change. A UK wide study (November 2013) 
Report showing that the implementation of key service recommendations can reduce suicide rate within mental health services.

Quality of risk assessment prior to suicide and homicide - A pilot study (June 2013)
Report describing the development of a framework for assessing the quality of risk assessment prior to suicide and homicide. In around one third of a sample of Inquiry suicide and homicides the quality of prior risk assessment was considered not satisfactory.

National Confidential Inquiry Annual Report

The findings from our core research programme providing an in-depth analysis of the changing patterns and risk factors behind cases of suicide and homicide by people in contact with mental health services and of cases of sudden unexplained death amongst psychiatric in-patents.
Annual Report 2014 (PDF)

Report videos: (Links to new report videos)

  • Key findings 1
  • Key findings 2

Research papers

Our research papers focus on specific issues across a wide range of topics and discuss the clinical implications of our findings. See our publications section.
 

Toolkits

Our toolkits help health professionals and managers apply the Inquiry’s research findings as they improve service safety and reduce risk.

  • Safer Services. A toolkit for patient safety review.

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