The implementation of this guideline will build on the National Service Framework for Mental Health in England and Wales and should form part of the service development plans for each local health community in England and Wales.
Local health communities should review their existing practice for self-harm against this guideline as they develop their Local Delivery Plans. The review should consider the resources required to implement the recommendations set out in Section 1, the people and processes involved and the timeline over which full implementation is envisaged. It is in the interests of service users that the implementation timeline is as rapid as possible.
Relevant local clinical guidelines, care pathways and protocols should be reviewed in the light of this guidance and revised accordingly.
This guideline should be used in conjunction with the National Service Framework for Mental Health.