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


Joining the Quality Network for Low Secure Services

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.

Unfortunately recruitment for Cycle 5(summer 2016- summer 2017) has now closed.


Additional Information about the Quality Network



About the Quality Network
10 Key Messages
Memorandum of


Benefits of being a part of the Quality Network

  • The opportunity to measure your team against nationally agreed standards.

  • A peer-review visit from a multi-disciplinary team of forensic clinicians and patients from throughout the UK.

  • 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 peer-reviews. 

  • 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 issues.

  • Regular 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 Board.

  • Use the standards and review process to develop dialogue with commissioners and as a framework to monitor contracts and develop service level agreements.

  • 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 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 process.
  • 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 helpful."

For more details about becoming a member of the Quality Network, please contact: 

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Low secure services


The CCQI are currently evaluating the Low Secure Network. Read more about the work they are doing.

member units

See who has already joined the Low Secure Quality Network.

news & email discussion group

annual reports



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Costs of Annual Subscription

Cost for Low Secure Services:  

1-4 Wards  £3,713  (+VAT) 
5 + wards  £4,850(+VAT)

Cost for secure services where Low Secure Services are on the same site as Medium Secure Services: 

1-4 Wards (total) 
£4,500 (+VAT)

5-12 Wards (total)
£5,800 (+VAT)

13+ Wards (total)
£6,800 (+VAT)