GIRFT Paediatric Critical Care - Individual Unit Questionnaire 2020

Closed 13 Jul 2020

Opened 12 Jun 2020


We would like to capture information about the paediatric critical care unit that you work in. We anticipate that this information would best be provided by a clinician who has a lead role in the unit, such as a Clinical Director or Clinical/Service Lead for the unit. You may need to consult others to capture all of the information required.

We will first ask you to describe the type of unit that you work in according to whether it is a PICU, or an HDU, or a combined PICU and HDU. Please choose what you think is the best description based on your knowledge of your unit. If you know for example that within your PICU some beds are commissioned/funded as HDU (or Level 2) beds then choose the combined PICU and HDU option. However if your unit is commissioned /funded as a PICU then select the PICU option, even though at times you may have patients in your PICU who perhaps could be looked after in an HDU.

Once you have selected the best description for your unit you should then be presented with a series of questions relevant to your type of unit. Some question numbers are tailored according to responses and hence numbering may have some omissions. Please try to answer all of the questions that you possibly can.

When asked for annual data where possible please provide data for the calendar year 2019, though we would be happy to accept data for the financial year 2018/2019 if this is more easily available to you.


Information Governance Notice

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 be 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 how things are currently being done 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).  Most responses will be either yes/no or numbers, both of which  GIRFT may use for benchmarking analysis.

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, and will never leave this environment. Data will be accessed only by a small number of GIRFT staff that have NHS Improvement permission to use the secure 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 GIRFT programme.  NHS Improvement may also share the data internally within NHS Improvement 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.