Demand, Capacity & Flow QI Collaborative 

The National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health at the Royal College of Psychiatrists are delighted to announce the launch of a new 18-month subscription Quality Improvement (QI) Collaborative focusing on Demand, Capacity and Flow in Mental Health Services across the UK.

The broad aims of the Demand Capacity and Flow Collaborative are to:

  • to support community and inpatient teams within mental health services to understand demand, develop and test change ideas to improve flow, reduce waiting lists and manage demand in creative ways.
  • provide opportunities for peer-to-peer sharing and learning through regular in-person events.

The programme is open to all organisations that provide mental health care (including NHS, third sector and private providers). Participating organisations will be supported with bespoke quality improvement support supported by national improvement lead, Dr Amar Shah, director of the NCCMH, Tom Ayers, and an experienced team of QI coaches.  

The collaborative will be solely funded by subscriptions and the fee for membership will be confirmed by 30 September 2022.

The Demand Capacity and Flow Collaborative will be delivered over the course of 18 months from launching with an in person event in London on 27 January 2023 and ending in July 2024.

We would like to invite anyone who would like to find out more about the collaborative to join our virtual Q&A Session on Monday 3 October 16:30 – 17:15 hosted on MS Teams. To register for the Q&A session, please complete this online form. We will also record the session and make the recording available for anyone who is not able to make the event live.

Demand, Capacity and Flow Collaborative registration

Registration will open on Monday 3 October 2022 and close at 5pm on Friday 11 November 2022.

Before registering we recommend you read this information sheet (.pdf) to ensure you are in the position to apply.  

For more information, please email and we will be happy to answer any questions.


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