About the network

In addition to general inpatient units, we also review units for patient with eating disorders, learning disabilities, and low-secure units.

Stage 1: You complete a self-review

The first stage of the process is when you, the service, complete a self-review and send this information to us. 

The self-review is done using an online system which guides you through the process step by step.

If you have applied for accreditation, you will be given additional questionnaires for patients, parents/carers, staff and others to complete. You will have two months to complete your self-review.

Stage 2: The review team visit your service

After you submit your self-review, a review team will visit your service.

The review team typically consists of members of the CCQI, a patient representative, and health and social care professionals from other inpatient CYP services.

The health and social care professionals usually include four of the following:

  • a psychiatrist
  • a psychologist
  • an occupational therapist
  • a social worker
  • a mental health nurse
  • ·other mental health professionals.

On a review day, the review team will discuss any challenges that you identified during your self-review and offer advice where possible.

They’ll also interview patients, family/carers, and other agencies that you work with to get an overall view of the care provided.

The day is an excellent opportunity for you to reflect on your current practice and ask for guidance from the review team.

Not only does the host team benefit from the day, but the review team can take learning back to their services, which facilitates quality improvement for everyone involved.

Stage 3: After review day

After the review day, you will be sent an individual report which combines your self-review with the findings from the day, including the strengths and advice on any challenges.

If your service has applied for accreditation, we’ll present the evidence to the QNIC Accreditation Committee who will decide whether your service will be accredited.

Benefits of being a member include:

  • Sharing great practice with the review team and getting advice on any challenges you’re facing
  • A report focused on your service
  • Being part of the QNIC discussion group: post queries and offer advice to staff at other services
  • Attending Special Interest Days and study days
  • Reduced rates to attend the QNIC Annual Forum, where we present the latest nationwide results and a programme of interesting speakers
  • Access to the QNIC Routine Outcome Measurement (QNIC-ROM) system
  • A certificate of participation which can be displayed on your unit

Membership cost for 2024 is £3,220.00 + VAT per ward/unit year. If you sign up for three years, you get a 5% discount.

If you have any questions about QNIC please contact the Project Team at qnic@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Arun Das

Programme Manager

Leyla Ury
Deputy Programme Manager

Lucy Anderson
Project Officer

Liah El-Fadel
Project Officer

Megan McKee
Project Officer

Niamh Payne
Project Officer

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