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

PLAN Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network

What is the Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network?

  • The Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network (PLAN) works with services to assure and improve the quality of psychiatric liaison in hospital settings.
  • PLAN engages staff and patients in a comprehensive process of review, through which good practice and high-quality care are recognised and services are supported to identify and address areas for improvement.
  • Accreditation assures staff, patients and carers, commissioners and regulators of the quality of the service being provided.
  • PLAN includes core areas common for all teams, such as assessment and care planning, but also recognises that some areas may be outside a team’s remit. This means that a small but well functioning team can still be accredited in the domains that it is measured against.

PLAN provides year round support to help accreditation members maximise opportunities for learning and development.

This support includes the option of taking part in email discussion groups, learning events and annual conferences, as well as quality improvement advice targeted at individual services.

PLAN is an initiative of the College Centre for Quality Improvement. To find out more information and to join PLAN, please see our leaflet and our How can I Join? page.



Membership at the Royal College of Psychiatrists

Input patient and carer surveys

Input surveys for acute staff and liaison team staff

Why is PLAN accreditation so valuable?

Information about the benefits of joining the network

The PLAN process

Useful information about the review stages and what to expect from the accreditation process 


The PLAN standards, newsletters, email discussion group and useful publications

Contact us

If you have any questions, or need more information then please contact one of the team.

Contact details

PLAN disclaimer

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May 2016

The PLAN Second National Report has been published and includes aggregated data from liaison teams participating in PLAN from 2012 - 2015.


Please be aware that from January 2016, the Centre for Quality Improvement will no longer be offering 'excellence' as an accreditation status.


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