Dear Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust,

We are a group of clinicians & researchers carrying out a national evaluation of liaison psychiatry service provision in NHS hospitals across England. As part of this project, we are submitting FOI requests to all NHS Mental Health Trusts to ask about local policy and practice. We kindly request the following information as per the FOI Act 2000.

Our enquiries relate to the provision of liaison psychiatry services in adult general hospitals, including patients in inpatient wards or A&E departments. This research is conducted as part of an Academic Foundation Programme research post. No specific grant was awarded for this project. All findings will be de-identified from Hospitals or Trusts before publication.

1. At which general hospital(s) does your Trust provide liaison psychiatry services?

For each of the above hospitals, please answer the questions below:

2. Is there a written policy about prioritising patients who have been referred to liaison psychiatry, or determining which referrals to accept? (If No, please move to Question 6).

3. If so, is this policy made available to all (psychiatry and non-psychiatry) clinicians working within the general hospital? If so, please specify where (e.g. Trust intranet)?

4. Please attach the policy document if possible. We aim to extract only certain information from the policy document, so if the complete policy document cannot be sent, please send the following information:

a. Details on which locations this policy covers and which patients (i.e. inpatient ward/A&E/referrals) the policy covers.

b. Details on any guidelines to prioritise or determine which referrals to accept. Specifically:
i. Patients should be medically fit for discharge prior to review
ii. Patients should be medically fit for assessment prior to review
iii. No restriction applied; all patients are reviewed
iv. Any other methods used to prioritise patient referrals (please specify)

c. Whether the policy states which professional group (e.g. psychiatrist, psychologist, nurse) should review the referral and/or assess the patient? If so, please specify.

d. When was the policy last reviewed or updated?

5. When (if at all) was local practice last audited against this policy and what were the findings?

6. At your Trust, how do doctors refer patients to liaison psychiatry for review (e.g. by telephone, by electronic referral system, by email, by fax)?

Many thanks for your time. Please do not hesitate to get in touch by email if you have any questions or clarifications. We look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Dr George Gillett, 
Academic Foundation Programme Doctor
Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford 

Dr William Lee, 
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School.
Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

MABERLY, Dean (HERTFORDSHIRE PARTNERSHIP UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Dr Gillett,

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request.

 

Please see attached our acknowledgement letter.

 

If there is anything you need clarification on, please do not hesitate to
contact us.

 

Kind regards

 

Dean

 

Dean Maberly

Information Rights Assistant

Information Rights & Compliance Team

 

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

99 Waverley Road | St. Albans | Hertfordshire | AL3 5TL

Tel: 01727 804227

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FOI (HERTFORDSHIRE PARTNERSHIP UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear George,

 

I am writing to let you know we are continuing to collate the information
you have requested under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Please accept our apologies for this delay.  We will endeavour to process
your request as quickly as possible.

 

Should you wish to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Kind regards

 

Dean

 

Dean Maberly

Information Rights Assistant

Information Rights & Compliance Team

 

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

99 Waverley Road | St. Albans | Hertfordshire | AL3 5TL

Tel: 01727 804227

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Dear FOI (HERTFORDSHIRE PARTNERSHIP UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

Please could I follow-up on the status of this request, which I submitted in December?

Many thanks.

Yours sincerely,

George Gillett

FOI (HERTFORDSHIRE PARTNERSHIP UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

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Hi George

 

We would like to apologise for the delay.  The response is currently going
through the approval process and should be with you shortly.

 

Best wishes

 

Sue Smith

 

Sue Smith

Information Rights Officer

Information Rights & Compliance Team

 

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

99 Waverley Road | St. Albans | Hertfordshire | AL3 5TL

Tel: 01727 804954 [mobile number]

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SMITH, Sue (HERTFORDSHIRE PARTNERSHIP UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear George

 

Please find the attached response to your recent freedom of information
request and we would like to again apologise for the late response.

 

Best Wishes

 

Sue Smith

 

Sue Smith

Information Rights Officer

Information Rights & Compliance Team

 

Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust

99 Waverley Road | St. Albans | Hertfordshire | AL3 5TL

Tel: 01727 804954 [mobile number]

Secure NHS Mail:  [1][email address]

[2]www.hpft.nhs.uk

 

Working Pattern:

Monday to Friday: 08:30 – 16:30

 

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