What the standards cover
Home Treatment Teams differ widely in their
organisation, funding, staffing and levels of service, even within
the same Trust.
The standards therefore currently centre on
‘function’, rather than any particular model of service
The standards cover 4 main domains:
- Service provision and structure
- Staff, appraisal, supervision and training
- Assessment, care planning and transfer or discharge
The First Edition of the standards was published
in February 2013.
Reflecting the views of those in the field
We know that those who are in the field have
the best understanding of the issues and challenges that they face
in providing high quality care.
The standards are drawn from relevant
policies, guidelines and research literature and have been
developed in consultation with a multidisciplinary panel of experts
in home treatment services, including service users and carers.
Keeping up to date
We review the standards regularly to ensure that they continue
to reflect developments in policy and practice and any issues
identified through the accreditation process.
How we measure performance against the standards
The full set of standards and criteria is aspirational and it is
unlikely that any service would meet all of them. Therefore,
services are categorised against each standard at one of three
Type 1: failure to meet these
standards could result in a significant threat to the safety,
rights or dignity of service users and/or would breach the
law. These standards must be met for a team to be
Type 2: standards that an
accredited team would be expected to meet;
Type 3: standards that an
excellent team should meet or standards that are not the
direct responsibility of the team.