Request for proposals to complete a review of evidence, current practice and HSE staff views in relation to the awareness and assessment of, and response to, the risk of suicide and self-harm in the health services.
Connecting for Life is Ireland’s national framework for suicide prevention and it provides us with a real opportunity to ensure a consistent response to people who are in distress or at risk of suicidal behaviour. HSE Mental Health are the lead agency on 15 actions in Connecting for Life including two key actions around suicide risk assessment and response within health service settings. Ultimately, the successful implementation of these two actions will need cross-sector and multi-disciplinary collaboration.
The wording of these two actions is as follows:
4.1.4: Deliver a uniform assessment approach across the health services, in accordance with existing and recognised guidelines, for people who have self-harmed or are at risk of suicide
5.2.1: Develop and deliver a uniform procedure to respond to suicidal behaviour across mental health services.
These actions are being implemented as part of a project which aims to develop a model of care underpinned by a tiered approach to awareness, assessment and guidance across the following 4 levels:
- Increased awareness regarding how to signpost supports and respond to self-harm and suicide risk across the health services
- A standard approach to assessing possible suicide risk in health service settings
- Referral protocols into and between different health services which take account of self-harm and suicide risk
- A procedure to respond to suicidal behaviour (to include the risk of suicidal behaviour) in mental health services.
These 4 levels of activity must be directed by a strong evidence base taking into account the best available research findings, current practice in the health services and staff attitudes to suicide prevention. We are now inviting proposals from experienced researchers to assist us in completing a report which will capture the evidence across each of those areas.
Aim of the review
The aim of the review is to provide the evidence base that will inform, and be published alongside, guidelines for suicide and self-harm awareness, assessment and response across the health services.
Objectives of the review
- To summarize the key learning from two separate literature searches which identified, in total, 50 peer-reviewed research publications addressing awareness of suicide and self-harm and addressing assessment of the risk of suicide and self-harm.
- To work with the Project Manager to clearly present the information yielded from a mapping of current practice in suicide risk awareness, assessment and response across the health services.
- To review and clearly report key learning from international practice in assessing and responding to suicide risk in the health services.
- To work with the project team in the recruitment, hosting and reporting of HSE staff consultations (focus groups) on the issue of suicide prevention.
- To produce a well-formatted, clear report of evidence, current practice and HSE staff views in relation to the awareness and assessment of, and response to, the risk of suicide and self-harm in the health services.
The main output from the researcher(s) will be a well-formatted, clear report of evidence, current practice and HSE staff views in relation to the awareness and assessment of, and response to, the risk of suicide and self-harm in the health services.
In addition, an interim progress report may be requested during the period of contracted work. A MS PowerPoint presentation covering the main findings should also be prepared for delivery by the project team to key stakeholders.
It is expected that this work will commence in May 2019 with a final report being delivered by the end of September 2019. It should be noted that the Project Manager has commenced work across all areas of this review and will be available to work closely with the researcher to support a timely completion of this work.
The maximum budget for the project is €25,000, including VAT and all expenses.
Applicants may need to consider PSWT (Professional Services Withholding Tax) - https://www.revenue.ie/en/self-assessment-and-self-employment/pswt/index.aspx
Proposals will be marked according to the following criteria:
- Quality of Proposal –70 marks
- Subject matter expertise – 50 marks
- Previous experience of conducting this type of work – 50 marks
- Proposed cost – 30 marks
Submission of proposals
It is a requirement that the following documentation is supplied at this stage of the proposal process. Please follow the numbering sequence outlined below:
- Full researcher/organisation name, address, phone number(s), email address(es) and registered organisation number.
- An outline (no more than 8 pages) should set out how the researcher/organisation would approach all aspects of the work as indicated above; including methodology to be followed, timelines, cost etc.
- Applicants must submit their CV setting out their experience and qualifications.
- Provision of an up to date Tax Clearance Certificate
Proposals should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org (HSE Mental Health) by 5pm on Friday 26th April 2019.