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

ACOMHS, Community Mental Health Services

Accreditation for Community Mental Health Services (ACOMHS)

New edition of standards for community mental health services published (ACOMHS)

We are pleased to announce that the newest First Edition of the standards for community mental health services has now been published. Please download copy here.

Following a successful pilot of the Accreditation for Community Mental Health Services (ACOMHS), the standards and process have been revised and we are now ready to accept new registrations. Teams wishing to sign up for a quality improvement review and accreditation against the standards can contact us for more information, or complete the joining form here and return it to us.

The accreditation programme works with staff to assure and improve the quality of community mental health services for people with mental health problems, and their carers. It engages staff in a comprehensive process of review, through which good practice and high quality care are recognised, and teams receive support to identify and address areas for improvement. 

Involving service users and carers in this programme is a priority, and people with first hand experience of using community mental health services have been encouraged to get involved in all stages of the development process.

Accreditation assures staff, service users and carers, commissioners and regulators of the quality of the service being provided.

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Information about recruitment for this scheme

The standards

Standards for adult Community Mental Health Services published in September 2016.


Development of ACOMHS

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NEWS and events:

14 April

ACOMHS First Annual Forum is took place on 13 April at the College and was a great success! Slides from the day are available on the Annual Forum page .

10 September

First Edition Standards for Adult Community Mental Health Services published. Registrations now open.

25 July 2016

ACOMHS standards development group meeting

11 July 2016

Members' feedback meeting to reflect on process

April 2016

First teams considered by ACOMHS Accreditation Committee

March-May 2016

First ACOMHS peer review visits take place

October - December 2015

First teams begin self review in ACOMHS pilot phase

August 2015

Recruitment of community mental health services for pilot phase now open

July 2015

Standards for Adult Community Mental Health Services (pilot edition) published