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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

CCQI National Clinical Audits, Service Quality and Accreditation Projects

The CCQI's projects work to audit or review services against established guidelines and standards with the aim of supporting services to improve the quality of care they offer. 


The CCQI currently hosts national clinical audits for dementia and early intervention in psychosis, the prescribing observatory for mental health and the mental health CQUIN.

National Audit of Dementia Early Intervention in Psychosis Audit Prescribing Observatory for Mental Health  Mental Health CQUIN

service quality and accreditation projects

Our quality and accreditation projects work cover a number of different types of services and work with them to improve standards through a process of regular peer  and self review.  Some projects also provide accreditation.  For information on what accreditation means, please see our information sheet.

CCQI "accreditation" is the formal recognition of a service against clinical service standards using external peer review.  The United Kingdom Accreditation Service defines this as "certification".

Inpatient Services

Acute Hospitals (Elder Friendly Wards) Child and Adolescent Inpatient Services Secure Forensic Services Mother and Baby Units
Rehabilitation Wards Psychiatric Intensive Care Units Working-Age Wards

Eating Disorder Wards

Older Adult Wards

Assessment and Triage Wards

Learning Disability Wards



Community Services

Memory Clinics Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Teams Adult Community Teams Perinatal Community Teams
Early Intervention in Psychosis Teams Child & Adolescent Community Teams

Psychiatric Liaison Services

Psychological Therapy Services


Electro-Convulsive Therapy Clinics

Enabling Environments

Therapeutic Communities Prison Mental Health Teams

CCQI is working with the British Standards Institution to develop core standards for inpatient and community mental health services which were published in 2015.

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