FOI: Liaison Psychiatry Referral Policy

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Dear Oxford Health 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.

Foiarfi (RNU) Oxford Health, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear George Gillett

 

Thank you for your email requesting information regarding Liaison
Psychiatry Referral Policy.

 

We are treating your correspondence as a request for information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

You should expect to receive a further reply from us within 20 working
days from the day when your request was originally received by this
Department.

 

 

Kind regards

 

Carol Embriaco on behalf of

 

Mark M. Underwood
Head of Information Governance

 

IM&T Department, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

The White Building, Littlemore MHC, 33 Sandford Road, Oxford, OX4 4XN
direct dial: 01865 902554 
email: [1][email address]

 

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From: George Gillett <[FOI #626485 email]>
Sent: 10 December 2019 15:15
To: Foiarfi (RNU) Oxford Health <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - FOI: Liaison Psychiatry Referral
Policy

 

Dear Oxford Health 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.

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Foiarfi (RNU) Oxford Health, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Please find the Trust response attached above.

 

regards.  FoIA Team

On behalf of:

IM&T Services, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, The White Building,
LMHC, Sandford Road, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4XN
email: [1][email address]

 

From: George Gillett <[FOI #626485 email]>
Sent: 10 December 2019 15:15
To: Foiarfi (RNU) Oxford Health <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - FOI: Liaison Psychiatry Referral
Policy

 

Dear Oxford Health 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.

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Dear Foiarfi (RNU) Oxford Health,

Many thanks for your reply. Please could you clarify questions 3 & 5 (pasted below) regarding the policy for service provision to Buckingham Hospitals?

Many thanks.

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

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

Yours sincerely,

George Gillett

Foiarfi (RNU) Oxford Health, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Dr Gillett,

 

3. Yes, Intranet

 

5. No audit available.

 

 

regards.  FoIA Team

On behalf of:

IM&T Services, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, The White Building,
LMHC, Sandford Road, Littlemore, Oxford, OX4 4XN
email: [1][email address]

 

From: George Gillett <[FOI #626485 email]>
Sent: 28 February 2020 15:58
To: Foiarfi (RNU) Oxford Health <[email address]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - FOI: Liaison Psychiatry
Referral Policy

 

Dear Foiarfi (RNU) Oxford Health,

Many thanks for your reply. Please could you clarify questions 3 & 5
(pasted below) regarding the policy for service provision to Buckingham
Hospitals?

Many thanks.

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

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

Yours sincerely,

George Gillett

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