Data are collected from psychiatric in-patient facilities around the country, including psychiatric hospitals, general hospital psychiatric units, private hospitals, children's centres and the Central Mental Hospital, Dundrum.
Data are returned on a quarterly basis to the Mental Health Information Systems Unit (MHIS) of the Health Research Board either electronically or manually, according to agreed specifications. Administrative, nursing and medical personnel play a vital role in the completion and return of data.
Ninety-three per cent of data returns are in electronic format. With the manual system, completed forms are returned to personnel at the MHIS in accordance with procedures and practices established over a number of years. Personnel at the Health Research Board code and process the data and maintain ongoing liaison with hospital personnel. While many hospitals use their own information systems to return data, the MHIS has developed the HRB Patient Administration System (PAS) to facilitate the collection of data for NPIRS. This has been installed in a number of hospitals around the country with back-up support being provided by the MHIS.