Upcoming events


Infection Prevention and Control within Acute Inpatient Mental Health Facilities: COVID-19 - A new challenge requiring a new approach

We aim to discuss the challenges when managing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in acute mental health settings, including environmental, practice and clinical issues.

When: 15 April 2021

Time: 12:00 - 13:00

Location: Online

Registration: To book your place please complete the online booking form.

Joint event Quality Networks, ELFT and Traverse: Emerging Drug Trends and Their Impact on Mental Health Services

We are excited to announce a two day event, in joint partnership with the Quality Networks for Forensics, Prison and PICU mental health services, with East London Foundation Trust (ELFT) and Traverse.

The emerging drugs trends and their impact on mental health service is a two day symposium being organised by East London Foundation Trust Forensic Services, Traverse and the Royal College of Psychiatrists CCQI. We aim to bring together national and international experts to share their work on new policy, new trends and new developments in the field of substance use and addictions. There will also be sessions dedicated for front line professionals to share their work and for service users to share their experiences. All attendees will be given the opportunity to develop discussion points within breakout rooms and share these during whole forum discussion sessions.

When: 01 and 02 June 2021

Time: TBC

Location: Online

Registration: To book your place please visit the registration page

QNPICU webinars

We are hosting webinars/discussion groups where individuals can come together to learn and discuss certain topics. Each webinar will have a specific theme and will be facilitated by the QN team.

The webinars are free to attend. For more information, or to join the webinar, please email PICU@rcpsych.ac.uk.

All of our webinars are available to watch on our webinars page.

Reviewer Training enables staff from our member services to participate in accreditation visits to other psychiatric intensive care units. Participants will gain practical and theoretical knowledge of all aspects of participating in a peer-review visit. The day involves presentations, seminar discussions and role-play scenarios.

Staff from any discipline with an interest in being involved in external peer-reviews for the Quality Network can take part.

The training is free to member services.

Upcoming training sessions

We are now conducting online reviewer training sessions.

The training will give potential reviewers the opportunity to gain practical knowledge about how to conduct a peer-review visit virtually. The online training session will involve presentations and discussions to develop the skills of a reviewer. The training is free to member services.

We strongly encourage individuals organising and reviewing other services to attend this condensed training, which will cover the new process of virtual reviews.

We have condensed the training to just one hour, on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 05 May 2021 (10am - 11am) Accreditation Review Training

To book, please use this registration form.

For any queries about reviewer training, please contact PICU@rcpsych.ac.uk.

Download all the resources from our past events.

We are pleased to announce that we are now taking submissions for our QNPICU Artwork and Creative Writing Competition for patients! This is an annual competition open to all patients of psychiatric intensive care units, who may have their artwork featured on the QNPICU future publications and displays.

Encourage patients to get creative!

As always, we are accepting visual art displays but we understand resources/supplies may be limited, so we have also opened up the competition for creative writing entries too.

We would be very grateful if you could make as many patients as possible aware of the competition by displaying the poster below within your service. A PDF can be found here for printing.

How to enter

Visual artwork

Please send photographs of artwork to the email below, along with a completed artwork submission form for each entry.

Creative writing

Please send files/copies of creative writing entries to the email below, along with a completed creative writing submission form for each entry.

Please send all submissions and queries to picu@rcpsych.ac.uk by 10 May 2021.

We look forward to receiving lots of wonderful entries!

Previous competitions

Thank you to everyone who submitted a piece of artwork for our 2020 competition. The artwork was published in our summer edition of the QNPICU newsletter

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