GIRFT Rheumatology Questionnaire

Closed 18 Feb 2019

Opened 3 Dec 2018


This questionnaire is intended to help the GIRFT team understand how your rheumatology service works, to give us a context for the data pack and to make the discussions we will have when we visit you as productive and helpful as possible.

There are questions about staffing levels, services and pathways. Please do add any other information you think might be useful.

Why We Are Consulting

Information Governance

Why are we collecting the data?

The results from the survey 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 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 survey will not collect patient identifiable information.  The questions cover both quantifiable and qualitative themes with some responses being free text to describe a service or pathway.  Most responses will be quantitative which  GIRFT may use for benchmarking analysis.  The survey 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 survey 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.