Ten standards for adult in-patient mental
Quality in-patient care is as vital as ever.
It is particularly relevant for the increasing number of
individuals with mental disorder who are detained under mental
In-patient services need continued investment
to make the patient experience healthier, safer and more conducive
to proper clinical recovery and rehabilitation. In the new
political and economic climate, it is time to re-examine this issue
and to identify essential areas for improvement. With the prospect
of new commissioning frameworks, general practice commissioners
will need guidance in assessing quality of in-patient care.
This report describes the ten standards for
working-age adult in-patient wards that working psychiatrists
believe to be vital to the effective operation of wards and
delivery of high-quality care, and those that most directly affect
outcomes. They have been distilled from agreed existing standards
for in-patient care.
The aims of this occasional paper are:
(a) to offer a useful minimum checklist of
standards for managers and commissioners of services to apply in
strategic planning and in assessing for themselves the quality of
their wards; and
(b) to provide elaboration of the ten
standards drawing on the evidence of current practice as found by
the reviewing bodies.
- Executive summary
- The evidence: a summary
- Ten standards of adult in-patient mental
healthcare: a detailed case
- Appendix: The ten key standards