FOI: Liaison Psychiatry Referral Policy

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Dear Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS 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.

FOI (Freedom of Information), Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

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Freedom of Information

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Nottingham

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Dear Mr. Gillett,

 

We have attempted to respond accurately to your request but it should be
understood that this has been a difficult task due to the complexity of
the Liaison Psychiatry services we offer. The structured questions you
have posed have been responded to, however, we would like to make you
aware that this does not reflect against all 4 Liaison Psychiatry services
which we provide. As we are aware that your request is linked to a
research project, if you would like to speak to a member of staff who
knows about the Liaison Psychiatry teams you can contact Craig Nelson,
Clinical Project Lead, via email [1][email address]  Please
note: Craig’s name and email address is only to be used by the requester
and not to be used in the public domain.

 

Kind Regards

 

Jo Hill

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Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Nottingham

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Dear FOI (Freedom of Information),

Many thanks for this information, it is very helpful. My only clarification question is for the liaison psychiatry services you provide to Sherwood Forest Hospital NHS Trust, am I right in thinking there is no policy guiding this (as it's not attached or mentioned in the FOI response)?

Many thanks,

George Gillett

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Information Act 2000.  This is an acknowledgment of your request.  For the
purposes of the Act, your request will be deemed to have been received on
the first working day following delivery. We will reply to your request by
the 20th working day following receipt.

 

Kind Regards

 

Information Officer

Freedom of Information

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

The Resource

Duncan Macmillan House

Porchester Road

Nottingham

NG3 6AA

 

Direct Dial 0115 9934521

Email - [email address]

 

 

 

 

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Dear Mr Gillett,

Thank you for your email. Im afraid that the very abrupt answer would be, yes that is correct. However, this does not mean that the service doesn’t have any form of process/ protocol. I added an extra detail to the response offering the option to speak to Craig Nelson as he would be able to advice you better. It really was a difficult FoI to respond to because the questions were fairly rigid and the Liaison Psychiatry services we offer and unhelpfully complex.

Please let me know if we can be of any more assistance.

Kind regards,

Becky Cassidy
Corporate Assurance Manager

Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Trust HQ
Duncan Macmillan House
Porchester Road
Mapperley
Nottingham
NG3 6AA

Telephone: 0115 9691300
Ext: 10509
Email: [email address]

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