What is HTAS?
- HTAS is an initiative from the Royal
College of Psychiatrists Centre for Quality Improvement. It
aims to help crisis resolution and home treatment teams in the UK
to focus on and improve quality, as well as awarding accreditation
to services that meet sufficient standards.
- The standards have been
developed in conjunction with a panel of experts in home treatment
services. The standards were piloted in 2012 with
17 teams and were revised further following
this phase. The new HTAS Standards were published
in February 2013, building on the Pilot Standards.
- The UK-wide HTAS programme launched
in March 2013 and registrations for new members are taken
throughout the year.
Who can join?
If you work in a UK crisis
resolution or home treatment team (as described below), then you
are eligible to join the programme.
The main functions of these
teams are that they:
- provide rapid, short-term, intensive
support for people with acute mental health problems;
- gatekeep acute inpatient
- facilitate early discharge from acute
Please note: As part of the assessment process, we will
review your staffing and processes and therefore if you work
in a service that includes multiple teams, we
would assess and accredit each team
If you are unsure whether your team counts as a single
or multiple, please contact us before
How much does it cost?
The programme runs entirely on
subscription fees from our members. The annual fee for this
programme is £1800 + VAT per year. A 10% discount is available
for services that purchase a three year membership:
- 1 year = £1800 +
- 3 years = £4860
+ VAT (10% discount)
The subscription fee applies per
The College Centre for Quality
Improvement is cost-neutral, so the majority of your subscription
fee goes towards the cost of organising your peer review visit and
other benefits such as free training and forum events; the rest is
used in administration of the process.
How do I join?
To join HTAS, please complete
the following documents and return to the HTAS team: