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


Accreditation for Inpatient Mental Health Services (AIMS)

"The team have found the process of accreditation a real learning curve and we are now more aware of having to evidence all our practice.  The team are thrilled at gaining accreditation, and it's a real tribute to the team and their commitment to the unit."

- Clinical Team Leader - accredited QNLD member unit


"[AIMS is] one of the most satisfying and rewarding things I've ever been involved with in my 25 years as a Service User, as it has such positive effects for care provision, so it's a real pleasure to be part of it."

- Service User Reviewer and Accreditation Committee Member


"The ability to network with others involved in mental health care is invaluable. There is always so much to learn, and every visit is different."

-  Professional Reviewer

What is AIMS?AIMS is a standards-based accreditation programme designed to improve the quality of care in inpatient mental health wards.

Through a comprehensive process of review, we identify and acknowledge high standards of organisation and patient care, and support other services to achieve these.

Accreditation assures staff, service users and carers, commissioners and regulators of the quality of the service being provided.

AIMS accredits acute and assessment/triage wards for working-age adults, wards for older people, psychiatric intensive care units, inpatient learning disability services, inpatient rehabilitation units, adult inpatient eating disorder units and care for young people on adult wards. 

AIMS is an initiative of the College Centre for Quality Improvement.

Why get accredited?

Information about the value and importance of joining AIMS.

Get involved!

Click here for more information about AIMS, or to sign up.

Contact us

If you have any questions, or need more information, then please contact one of the team.

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For more information on QNLD / AIMS-LD, please visit the new website.