Joining the Quality Network for Low
Here you can find more information about joining the Quality
Network and how being a member can benefit your service.
Recruitment for Cycle 5
The Quality Network for Forensic Mental Health Services has
established a network for quality improvement across medium secure
services in England, Wales and Ireland, and over the last four
years developed a comparable network for low secure services.
We are now pleased to invite you to join the
next cycle (summer 2016- summer 2017) of this network. In order to
sign up your service, you will need to complete and return the
appropriate joining and member information forms. If you are a low
secure service, please complete the stand alone form. If you offer
both low and medium secure services on the same
site, please complete the joint services forms.
Please note that membership is per address, as
we are not able to travel between locations to conduct
Stand Alone Service (LSU
Joint Services ( LSU and MSU on the
To ensure your service is registered for the next cycle, please
submit the forms by 29 April
Additional Information about the Quality Network
About the Quality Network
10 Key Messages
Benefits of being a part of the
- The opportunity to measure your team against nationally
- A peer-review visit from a multi-disciplinary
team of forensic clinicians and patients from throughout the
- A detailed service report
recognising areas of achievement and suggesting approaches to
improvement. Data will be collected via interviews and a local
report will be written, detailing the extent to which the unit has
met the service standards.
- The opportunity to visit
other forensic services as part of a peer-review team.
Staff from your service will be invited to review other services as
members of a peer-review team. They will be supported by a member
of the central project team. Staff learn valuable lessons from
seeing good practice, practice elsewhere and engage in frank
discussion about problems and explore potential solutions. Teams
also learn about the standards and their rationale by using them to
evaluate a service.
- Access to attendance at our Annual Forum discussing findings
across the Network and sharing service development. Members will
also have the opportunity to feedback their views on the review
process and influence the future direction of the network. Members
will be the first to hear about the aggregated results from the
- A national aggregated
report allowing you to benchmark your service against
other similar services. The report will also provide a helpful list
of good practice and people to contact for advice on specific
newsletters updating members on developments within
the Network and allowing services to contribute with articles about
their own good practice.
- Access to our email
discussion group providing the opportunity to contact
other experienced and knowledgeable forensic professionals from a
range of disciplines.
- Workshops held free of charge on
key areas of challenge from across the Network.
- Use information from your review in your trust’s
quality accounts, as recommended by the National Quality
- Use the standards and review process to
develop dialogue with commissioners and as a
framework to monitor contracts and develop service level
- Each member service will receive a
certificate of participation awarded by the Royal
College of Psychiatrists. This will confirm that staff are
committed to on-going evaluation and quality improvement, striving
to meet best practice standards.
"As well as being interesting and fun, I learned a lot
about how other services tackle similar challenges to the ones I
face in my work."
"I thoroughly enjoyed the experience...it was an excellent
opportunity for sharing best practice and networking."
How the Network Helps Services
- We involve and listen to the people on
the frontline, including staff from all professional backgrounds,
patients and their family and friends. At a local level,
this means engaging people in a review of their own service and at
a national level in how the Network develops.
- We promote sharing of best practice as
services are engaged with a network of peers, providing a forum for
advice and information sharing.
- We support professional development as
members can sign up to receive Lead Reviewer training and are able
to improve their professional practice.
- We celebrate good practice and the
achievements of staff as they are identified through the review
- Our process helps to build dialogue
with referrers, partner agencies and commissioners.
- Learning and innovations arising from
the process are often spread beyond the participating service to
other services within the organisation.
"As my first review I have learned a lot not only about the
host unit but also about my own service and areas we can learn from
as a result of the visit."
"The suggestions from the Patient Reviewer were particularly
For more details about becoming a member of the Quality
Network, please contact: Samantha.Holder@rcpsych.ac.uk