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AIMS

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 AIMS-LD 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

 

AIMS and the CQC

The CQC uses the accreditation status of AIMS members in England as one of its sources of information used in Trust Quality and Risk Profiles. This is done by scoring the level of accreditation awarded. This information is taken from the list of members, which is updated after each meeting of the Royal College of Psychiatrists' Special Committee on Professional Practice and Ethics, at which the accreditation status of members is ratified following review. This list is available here.

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 wards for working-age adults, wards for older people, psychiatric intensive care units, inpatient learning disability services, inpatient rehabilitation units, 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 importance of joining AIMS.

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

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AIMS Accreditation for Inpatient Mental Health Services


News and Events

 

3 February 2014

Members' accreditation status update - download here

 

8 August 2013

AIMS-WA Second National Report published - download here