GIRFT Crisis/Acute Mental Health Questionnaire

Closed 31 Mar 2020

Opened 29 Jul 2019


The GIRFT Mental Health programme is divided into three seperate workstreams; Crisis/Acute Mental Health, Psychiatric Rehabilitation, and Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS). Three individual, supplemental questionnaires will be distributed for each workstream. 

This questionnaire covers ONLY the Crisis/Acute Mental Health programme. This questionnaire has been sent to ALL NHS providers of Crisis/Acute Mental Health Services. 

The GIRFT Crisis/ Acute Mental Health programme covers all secondary mental health services, for people aged 18 years or over, who may present in crisis and/or need admission to an acute mental health bed (including PICU). 

The GIRFT Adult Crisis and Acute Care programme aims to explore the effectiveness of local arrangements for managing the demand for specialist acute mental health care and the quality and effectiveness of local services. Within this, key lines of enquiry will explore arrangements for: accessing mental health services including for patients in crisis; the extent to which patients needing acute care are effectively managed close to home (by home treatment or when necessary timely admission to a local acute bed); and the effectiveness and sustainability of local service models in reducing the need for any acute out of area bed usage.

The success of GIRFT has been based on using data to drive improvement. It is crucial to understand the system in which we are working to be able to improve the delivery of care and/or performance. To achieve this it is necessary to collect the relevant data. We are hugely grateful for the time taken to provide this information and, as previously communicated, the data in this supplemental questionnaire will complement and hep us to make best use of  the national datasets that as a trust you routinely complete including the NHSBN data collection, in producing a bespoke Trust Datapack to be discussed with both your Trust’s senior management team and Crisis/Acute personnel at a Deep Dive meeting during 2020. 

GIRFT Project Overview

Why are we collecting the 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 Trust, and wider local partners.  It combines wide-ranging data analysis, with the input and professional knowledge of Clinicians, to examine current pathways and processes, and how they could be improved.

Results from the questionnaire will be used for only two purposes: (1) to support GIRFT deep dive or GIRFT implementation meetings in hospitals; (2) to support recommendations in the GIRFT national specialty report. In this latter publication, no values for identifiable Trusts will be displayed.

The type and level of data being collected?

The questionnaire will not collect patient identifiable information.  The questions cover both quantifiable and qualitative themes with some response being a paragraph or two explaining how a particular Trust interacts with neighboring organizations (for example).  

The questionnaire may request the name and contact details of the person who submitted responses to allow GIRFT to follow-up for clarification of answers.

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

The results from the questionnaire will be stored within the secure IT environment managed by NHS Improvement. Data will be accessed only by a small number of GIRFT staff that have NHS England and NHS Improvement permission to use the secure NHS England and NHS Improvement IT environment. Data will be regularly backed up and will be stored until no longer required for the purpose of the implementation of the GIRFT programme. NHS England and NHS Improvement may also share the data internally within the Improvement Directorate to support our wider efficiency and productivity programmes and delivery of all statutory responsibilities of Monitor and TDA

Data from the audit will be shared back with participating trusts at aggregate level within the GIRFT trust-level data packs.

Data Quality and Validation

Before you submit your Trust’s questionnaire, it is worth noting 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.