Managing Frailty & DToC in the Acute Setting: Collaboration on data collection

The NHS Benchmarking Network (NHSBN) will now be collaborating with Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT), NHS Improvement, for the Managing Frailty and Delayed Transfers of Care in the Acute Setting data collection. The 2018 benchmarking project combines the 2016/17 Managing Frailty in the Acute Setting and 2017/18 Delayed Transfers of Care projects, to provide a unique data set on the pathway of frail older people through secondary care, from assessment in A&E, assessment units inpatient wards and supported discharge.

Due to the duplication of effort for data collections in this area, NHSBN and GIRFT are delivering the project jointly, with data collection being managed by the NHSBN team, in order to maximise the use of existing data collection and to minimise confusion for the different initiatives.

Acute trusts are requested to complete the NHSBN data collection, which will then be shared with the GIRFT team. Chief Executives and Medical Directors have received a letter signed by Dr Adrian Hopper, Clinical Lead for the Geriatric Medicine Programme, and Directors of the Network, Claire Holditch and Stephen Watkins, detailing how your data will be used and protected.

The Managing Frailty data collection opened on 2nd July 2018 and the submission deadline has been extended. If you require access or need to register your organisation, please contact Josh Davies. All data must be submitted by 5th October 2018.

Furthermore, due to the recent collaboration, an amendment to the project specification has been made. This covers an additional question, which must be answered, on the data sharing arrangements with the GIRFT team. Registered organisations have been contacted to request they return to the data collection pages to complete the remaining fields.

Following the project cycle, participating organisations will have access to a comprehensive online benchmarking toolkit, allowing them to view their positions on hundreds of metrics covering service models, activity, workforce, finance and quality and outcomes across the acute pathway. Participants will also receive a bespoke dashboard report, comparing their peer organisations, and highlighting their position against a range of summary metrics. 


We are looking forward to working alongside GIRFT for this project and are excited to share the findings with you in February 2019 at our Benchmarking & Good Practice conference.

If you have any queries, please contact Josh Davies.