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

Quality Networks and Accreditation

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


See our Governance page for more details on the governance of these networks.


Inpatient Services

Acute Hospitals (Elder Friendly Wards)   Qulaity Mark for Elder Friendly Hospital Wards  
Assessment and Triage Wards   Assessment and Triage Wards  
Child and Adolescent Inpatient Services   Child and Adolescent Inpatient Services  
Eating Disorder Wards   Quality Network for Eating Disorders  
Learning Disability Wards   Quality Network for Inpatient Learning Disability Services  
Mother and Baby Units   Perinatal Mental Health Services  
Older Adult Wards   Older Adults Services  
Psychiatric Intensive Care Units   Psychiatric Intensive Care Units  
Rehabilitation Wards   Rehabilitation Wards  
Secure Forensic Services   Secure Forensic Services  
Working Age Wards   Working Age Wards  

Community Services

Adult Community Teams   Accreditation for Community Mental Health Services  
Child & Adolescent Community Teams   Quality Network for Community CAMHS  
Crisis Resolution & Home Treatment Teams   Home Treatment Accreditation Scheme  
Early Intervention in Psychosis Teams   Early Intervention in Psychosis Network  
Electro-Convulsive Therapy Clinics   ECT Accreditation Services  
Enabling Environments   Enabling Environments  
Memory Clinics   Memory Services National Accreditation Programme  
Perinatal Community Teams   Perinatal Quality Network  
Prison Mental Health Teams   Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Services  
Psychiatric Liaison Services   Psychiatric Liaison Accreditation Network  
Psychological Therapy   Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services  
Therapeutic Communities   Therapeutic Communities  


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".


CCQI worked 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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