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What is the Quality Network for Inpatient Learning Disability Services?

The Quality Network for Inpatient Learning Disability Services (QNLD) is a standards-based quality network that facilitates the sharing of good practice, provides a system of standards-based external peer review and provides accreditation.  It engages staff and service users in a comprehensive process of review, through which good practice and high quality care are recognised. Services are supported to identify areas for improvement and set achievable targets for change.


Accreditation is offered to services that are fully prepared. We recommend that a minimum of one year’s membership is completed before services transfer to accreditation



Membership pathway and review process

All members initially sign up for two year’s membership, which incorporates two annual cycles of review. Read more

The Standards

QNLD uses the Standards for Adult Inpatient Learning Disability Units - Assessment and Treatment Units.

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The project is governed by two committees namely Accreditation Committee and Advisory Group.

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Current members

For details of all services that are members of QNLD, together with their membership status.

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How to join

All members initially sign up for two year’s membership, which incorporates two annual cycles of review.

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Find project and individual contact details, or send an enquiry about one of our projects, how to get involved or for more general information.

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2nd QNLD/QNMHD Annual Forum, 4 May 2017, Royal College of Psychiatrists


We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for our QNLD/QNMHD Second Annual Forum which is taking place on Thursday 4 May at the College.

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The third edition of standards for adult inpatient learning disability services has now been published. The revised standards were revised in line with the CCQI core standards, with input from an expert group. 


The Quality Network and Accreditation for Inpatient Learning Disability Services held its first Annual Forum on 28 April 2016 at the