This page contains guidance for AIMS
Peer-Reviewers, as well as information on how to become a
As part of the accreditation process, each
ward receives a Peer-Review from a team made up of professionals
from other member services, as well as a Service User and/or Carer
Please click the links below for more information:
Why become a Peer-Reviewer?
Joining a Peer-Review Team provides a valuable opportunity to
visit other wards and share ideas and experience.
We hope that the visits will be interesting for both the
reviewers and the ward team. The experience may also help
professional Peer-Reviewers prepare for their own AIMS
The review process works on the basis that
reviewers make a generous donation of their time and input. We can
however, reimburse travel and subsistence expenses.
Who can become a Peer-Reviewer?
- People who work in an inpatient mental health ward which is a
member of AIMS.
- People who have been an inpatient on a mental health ward.
- People who care for/have cared for someone with a mental
illness and have experience of inpatient mental health
How do I become a Peer-Reviewer?
You will need to be trained in reviewing. Dates of upcoming
training days are listed below. Contact
us to register your interest. If there are no dates listed, we
will take your details and contact you as soon as a new date is set
What does training involve?
Training to become a Peer-Reviewer takes just one day. It is
free for professionals whose service is a member of AIMS, and for
Service User and Carer representatives.
The training day is lead by members of the AIMS team,
and will provide an overview of the AIMS process and
Peer-Review timetable to give you an idea of how the visit
For Service User and Carer representatives, AIMS will book
or reimburse travel, as well as paying a session fee of £100 for
the day. For more details, see "Attending a Peer-Review: What about
expenses?" on our FAQ page.
When is your next training day?
Our next training day is to be confirmed - please contact the
AIMS Project Team to express your
interest, and we will contact you once the date has been set.
How can I find out where and when the visits are?
- Once you are trained you are required
to attend at least one Peer-Review; however, you can
choose which review(s) you would like to attend.
- We will never force you to attend a review or send you
somewhere you don't want to go.
- We will send you email updates every few weeks with new
Peer-Review dates; usually these will be several months in
- Depending on distance, sometimes an overnight stay is necessary
the night before a review.
Who attends a Peer-Review Visit?
- Each Peer-Review Team is made up of three professionals, one
Service User representative and/or one Carer representative.
- The three professionals will be from different services
participating in AIMS, and may include a staff member from the AIMS
- The Peer-Review Team members must not be from within the same
organisation as the service under review
- The Peer-Review Team members will receive a copy of the
Peer-Review Booklet and guidance documents at least a week before
What happens on a Peer-Review Visit?
- The primary purpose of a Peer-Review is to validate the
Self-Review data - which has been submitted by the
people who have contact with the service. The AIMS Team
will put this data together in a Peer-Review
- A review takes place from 9:30am - 4:30pm. An example
timetable can be seen here.
- A series of meetings take place on a Peer-Review day, including
the Service User or Carer representative meeting with other
Services Users and Carers who have been involved with the
service to ask them about their experiences.
- A scribe can be appointed to take notes in their Peer-Review
Booklet in each meeting, or the team can share this
- Lunch and refreshments are provided by the Host Team.
- At the end of the day, the Review Team must decide whether each
standard should be rated as Met or Not Met. This can be
written in the shaded boxes in the booklet.
For further information about what happens on a
peer-review visit, click here.
What does a Lead Reviewer do?
The Lead Reviewer does just that - lead the Review Team.
They have a few extra responsibilities:
- They should get in touch with the rest of the Review Team and
the Host Team, before the review, to introduce themselves
and offer to answer any queries. This is a good
opportunity to exchange mobile phone numbers in case of an
emergency or late running.
- The Lead Reviewer welcomes the Host Team at the introductory
meeting, explaining a bit about the programme, the process and
asking for introductions. Guidance on what to say is in the
Peer-Review guidance document you will have been supplied
- The Lead Reviewer can choose to lead discussion about the
Self-Review data during the meetings themselves, or share this
- At the end of the day, the Lead Reviewer thanks the Host Team
and Review Team. They can also send a courtesy email to the Review
Team and Host Team after the review, to thank them again.
- They then collect in all the Peer-Review Booklets from the rest
of the team, compile the comments into one booklet and return all
the copies - including notes from the service user
and carer meetings - to the AIMS Team within three
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