New teams can join the network at any time. If you’d like to join, please follow the steps below:
Email HTAS@rcpsych.ac.uk with details of the team(s) you’d like to sign up, including the name of the team and what Trust you fall under.
How much does it cost?
The accreditation programme is funded on a subscription basis. The annual fee is £2,045 + VAT per team which includes access to all our materials and events.
A 10% discount is available for services that purchase a three-year membership, total cost £5,522 + VAT.
If you’d like further information about joining HTAS, please contact us.
Your HTAS membership benefits
Included in your membership is:
- the review process, including all documentation for your self-review, peer-review visit, and reports which outline your achievements and suggested approaches to improvement;
- peer-reviewer training for staff
- free places at the annual HTAS Forum
- support from the HTAS Team and Accreditation Committee (if applicable) to support you to meet the standards
- opportunities for staff to visit other home treatment teams as peer reviewers
- access to HTAS-Chat, the HTAS email discussion group
- two newsletters per year providing updates and sharing good practice
- certificate of HTAS Accreditation (if applicable)
- listing on the HTAS website as an Accredited service (if applicable).
Accreditation assures service users, carers, frontline staff, commissioners, managers, and regulators that your service is of quality and that staff are committed to improving care. This formal recognition is fantastic, but HTAS membership also brings a range of other benefits:
- Information gathered through the accreditation process can be used in Trust quality accounts, as recommended by the National Quality Board.
- Accreditation rewards hardworking home treatment team staff for their raises morale and the profile of the team within its wider organisation.
- The HTAS process helps build with referrers, partner agencies, and commissioners.
- The central team has considerable knowledge of the strengths of different HTAS members and will put people in touch with each other accordingly.
When crisis resolution/home treatment teams join the network as members, they can undergo either the developmental review option or accreditation review option. It is up to the team which option they choose, however we strongly encourage new teams to undertake the developmental review option first.
First, teams will undergo a 12 week self-review period where the team will review themselves against each of the HTAS standards. Further information is also collected from the staff team, referrers, patients and their family/carers.
All the documents and information needed for completing the self-review will be sent to you.
Following the self-review period, teams will receive a visit by a peer-review team. This is a supportive day and the purpose is to validate the self-review data.
After the peer-review visit, a draft report will be collated and sent to the team.
If the team has chosen the accreditation option, the team will be presented to the Accreditation Committee. Using your report and any further evidence you might have sent to show you’re meeting the standards, the Accreditation Committee will recommend an accreditation status for you. There are three main categories of accreditation status:
- Not Accredited
Your team will be given time, guidance and support to reach Accreditation.