Getting it Right First Time (GIRFT) Cranial Neurosurgery Revisit Questionnaire (Adult & Paediatrics)

Closed 31 Mar 2020

Opened 12 Jun 2019


This questionnaire has been sent to all NHS Trusts providing adult cranial and/or paediatric neurosurgery ahead of the GIRFT Adult Cranial Neurosurgery (CNS) revisits and the new programme of paediatric neurosurgery visits.

The purpose of this questionnaire is to collect information that we have been unable to obtain through Hospital Episode Statistics (HES) or other data sets.

Responses will be used to inform discussions during the revisits, and will not be shared further.  Aggregated, anonymised data may also be included in the revised national report.

If you are only answering questions relating to Paediatric Neurosurgery, click on 'Online Survey' below then select 'PAEDIATRIC NEUROSURGERY' from the menu. 

Why We Are Consulting

A survey of services is required to supplement the Trust level data pack drawn from central and national sources.

The survey aims to gather site-level data.  If you have more than one site, then please complete a survey for each site.

GIRFT Project Overview

Why are we collecting these data?

The results from the questionnaire will be used to support NHS Improvement’s duty under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to protect and promote the interests of people who use health care services by promoting provision of health care services which are, inter alia, economic, efficient and effective.

GIRFT is a national programme overseen by NHS Improvement that aims to deliver quality improvement in patient outcomes through peer to peer discussion with clinicians and managers in acute trusts and other local partners.  It combines wide-ranging data analysis with the input and professional knowledge of clinicians to examine how things are currently being done and how they could be improved.

Results from the questionnaire will be used for two purposes: (a) to support GIRFT deep dive or GIRFT implementation meetings in hospitals; (b) to support recommendations in the GIRFT national specialty report. Individual Trusts will not be identifiable in this publication.

The type and level of data being collected

The questionnaire will not request patient identifiable information.  The questions cover both quantifiable and qualitative themes. Some questions require a short paragraph; for example, how your trust interacts with neighbouring organisations.  

We request the name and contact details of the person who completing the questionnaires to allow follow-up if any responses require clarifying.

Who will access the data and how will they be further shared?

The questionnaire responses will be stored within the secure IT environment managed by NHS Improvement (NHSI), and will never leave this environment.  Data will be accessed only by GIRFT staff that have NHS Improvement permission to use the secure NHSI IT environment.  Data will be regularly backed up and stored no longer than required for the purpose of the implementation of the GIRFT programme.  NHS Improvement may also use the data internally to support wider efficiency and productivity programmes and the delivery of statutory responsibilities.  

Data, in an anonymised form, will be shared with participating trusts at aggregate level within the GIRFT trust-level data packs.

Data Quality and Validation

Before you submit your Trust’s questionnaire, note that NHSI will not validate any answers. Please ensure that you check the quality of your data (in terms of both accuracy and completeness) before submission.