How to join

New teams can join and start the accreditation process at any time. If you’d like to join the network, please follow the steps below:

  1. 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;
  2. We’ll add you to our online data collection system ‘CARS’;
  3. You’ll then be able to create an account and sign up on ‘CARS’;
  4. We’ll then arrange together a convenient time for the team to start the review process.

How much does it cost?

The accreditation programme is funded on a subscription basis. The annual fee is £1,900 + 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 £5,130 + VAT.

If you’d like further information about joining HTAS, please contact us.

Your HTAS Membership Benefits

Included in your membership is:

  • The accreditation 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 to support you to meet the standards;
  • Opportunities for staff to visit other memory clinics 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;
  • Listing on the HTAS website as an Accredited memory service.

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:

  • The Care Quality Commission (CQC) views membership of HTAS favourably when inspecting a Trust.
  • 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.

There are three stages to the accreditation process. 

  1. Self-review

    The self-review stage is a 12 week period of data collection where your team will:

    1. Rate yourselves against each standard, stating whether you think you meet it or not
    2. Complete a brief audit of health records
    3. Each complete a staff questionnaire
    4. Ask service users and their carers to complete a questionnaire

    All the documents and information needed for completing the self-review will be sent to you once we have date.

  2. Peer Review

    You’ll be given 6-8 weeks between the self- and peer-review stages so that you can look through your data and begin to implement any changes.

    A review team made up of at least 2 home treatment team professionals from other HTAS member services, a service user or carer representative and a member of the central HTAS team, will then visit your service to discuss the self-review data.

    The data collected from both the self- and peer-review will then be used to write a report. The report will highlight your achievements and outline any changes you’ll need to make to be Accredited.

    You’ll then be given one month to make any changes before being presented to the HTAS Accreditation Committee (AC).

  3. Accreditation

    The AC is made up of a multidisciplinary team of professionals and service user and carer representatives.

    Using your report and any further evidence you might have sent to show you’re meeting the standards, the AC will recommend an accreditation status for you. There are three categories of accreditation status:
  • ‘Accredited’ – for teams that meet:
    • 100% of Type 1 standards
    • 80% of Type 2 standards
    • 60% of Type 3 standards
  • ‘Accreditation Deferred’ – for teams that:
    • Do not meet all Type 1 standards but show they will be able to
    • Do not meet enough Type 2 or 3 standards but show they will be able to
    • Do not meet a significant number of standards in one particular area.
  • ‘Not Accredited’ – for teams that:
    • Do not meet the number of standards needed, and do not show they will be able to within a reasonable time
    • Do not submit sufficient self-review data

Your team will be given time, guidance and support to reach Accreditation.

Developmental membership of HTAS is for teams who wish to take part in the HTAS network and receive a self and peer review, but who are not yet ready to pursue accreditation.

How to join HTAS as a developmental member

New teams can join and start the accreditation process at any time. If you’d like to join the network, please follow the steps below:

  1. 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) and whether you would like to join as a full or developmental member;
  2. We’ll add you to our online data collection system ‘CARS’;
  3. You’ll then be able to create an account and sign up on ‘CARS’;
  4. We’ll then arrange together a convenient time for the team to start the review process.

Developmental Membership Process

Teams have the option of undergoing one or two years of developmental review before moving on to accreditation.  Teams do not have to decide at the outset whether they will undergo one or two years of developmental review; this can be decided during the first year of membership, in collaboration with the HTAS team.

Year 1: Self-review and focussed peer review

The team undertakes a full self-review, as they would for accreditation membership.

The team then receives a focussed peer review visit, which includes:

  • Discussion of the team's strengths and weaknesses;
  • Discussion of a selection of key HTAS standards;
  • An 'Open Discussion Topic', identified by the host team - this can be anything the team would like to receive further support/advice on.

Following on from the peer review day, the team will be provided with a report detailing the self and peer review findings, and the areas of achievement and action points.  The team will be encouraged to develop an action plan to begin implementing changes to address their action points.

The team can then decide whether to progress to accreditation, or whether to undergo a further year of developmental membership.

Year 2: Self-review and full peer review

If the team participates in a second year of developmental membership, they will complete the self-review again, followed by a full peer review visit.  The full peer review visit will take the same format as it would for accreditation membership.

Following on from the peer review day, the team will be provided with a report detailing the self and peer review findings, and the areas of achievement and action points.  The team will be encouraged to develop an action plan to begin implementing changes to address their action points.

The team will then progress to accreditation in the third year of membership.

Year 3: Accreditation

After the second year of developmental membership, the team will progress to accreditation.

Please contact us for more details about developmental membership.

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