The Second Edition Standards for Community Learning Disability Services (PDF) were published in December 2021. 

We believe that it is important our standards reflect the issues that make a difference to the experience of the person using the service. For this reason, the standards follow a pathway through care and include how the service communicates with people accessing the service, their carers and other agencies.

Since community mental health services differ widely in their configuration and the models used, these standards focus on the function of a team in order to make them as widely accessible as possible.

How the standards are developed

The standards are developed in consultation with experts in the field and combine information from a variety of sources. 

CCQI Core Standards

The standards must incorporate the College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) Core Standards. These are developed by our expert advisory groups, and have been refined in consultation with front-line staff, service users, carers, other interested groups such as national charities and professional bodies. 

National requirements

We recognise that services are under increased pressure to demonstrate that they comply with national policies and guidelines. For this reason our standards incorporate requirements and recommendations set out nationally.

The process enables your service to demonstrate where it is currently meeting national requirements and will support the service to meet them where it is not currently. 

'Good practice principle'

We know that those who work in the field have the most comprehensive understanding of the issues and challenges that they face in providing high-quality care. For this reason, we consult with representatives from relevant disciplines to establish an expert consensus on what constitutes best quality care. 

Research and other guidelines

We want our standards to reflect the most up to date published research and guidance on best practice. By incorporating these into our standards we hope that this will in turn help services to ensure they are continuing to maintain the highest level of care.


We are delighted to publish the first newsletter of 2023, this is the winter edition and the next edition will be published in summer. Download the newsletter

This latest newsletter features: project updates, information about the QNLD project team and QNLD Carer representatives, insight from colleagues on their accreditation journey and on what it is like to be a peer reviewer and articles on recent quality improvement and research projects from members. 

We are looking for submissions for the summer edition; if your service has examples of good practice, a quality improvement project, a research project or service user artwork that you would like to share with other members, please contact us at

Resources from previous events can be viewed on our events page.
QNLD will be publishing a national report in 2024, this will be made available on our website soon. 
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