About the network

We adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to quality improvement in community learning disability services. A key component of our work is the sharing of best practice by listening to and being led by frontline staff and service users.

We serve to identify areas for improvement through a culture of openness and enquiry. The model is one of engagement rather than inspection. We aim to facilitate quality improvement through a supportive network and peer-review process.

Developmental process

Members will complete a self-review and will receive a peer-review visit which will focus on quality improvement rather than accreditation.

Once the service has completed their self-review, they will host a peer review day where multidisciplinary staff members from other member services visit the unit with a patient or carer representative and a member of the QNLD project team.

The peer-review team will meet with staff, patients and carers throughout the day and will review the host team against the relevant standards.

During these meetings, the results of the self-review are validated and there is an opportunity for all staff to share good practice and ideas for development.

The day also includes an open discussion session on an area of practice that the host unit would like to improve on. Following the visit, the project team provide the service with a report summarising their performance against the standards and the discussions on the day. The service can then create an action plan to address any improvements that have been suggested.


QNLD is governed by the following committee and staff: 


Advisory Group

The advisory group comprises professionals who represent key interests and areas of expertise in the field of inpatient and community learning disability services alongside service users and carers who have experience of using these services. The purpose of the group is to advise and further the work of QNLD.

The advisory group comprises a minimum of 6 members and a maximum of 15 members. The membership will aim to reflect the range of disciplines working in inpatient and community learning disability services.


Project Team

The project team look after the day to day running of the network including liaising with services, collecting data and arranging reviews and events.

If you have any questions, please get in contact.

Amy Colwill

Programme Manager

Email: amy.colwill@rcpsych.ac.uk 

Tel: 020 3701 2658

Leyla Golparvar

Project Officer

Email: leyla.golparvar@rcpsych.ac.uk

Tel: 020 3701 2672


Royal College of Psychiatrists' Centre for Quality Improvement

21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB

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