New system to help improve patient care

The Quality Network of Inpatient CAMHS (QNIC) is launching a new system to track patient experiences and help improve standards of care.

After five years of development, the QNIC-ROM (Routine Outcome Measurements) team are delighted to announce the launch of the new QNIC-ROM system.

What is QNIC-ROM?

The QNIC-ROM system is used to collect, monitor and analyse outcome data collected at admission, discharge and various intervals between, including HoNOSCA, CGAS and/or ESQ responses.

The aggregation and analysis of the outcome data is used to create instant reports at both an individual and service level, to be shared with young people, parents and carers to promote progression.

The reports will be used to track young people’s progress during their inpatient stay and inform inpatient teams about the care they provide.

They can also be used as a form of evidence when demonstrating quality improvement. In addition to these reports, all unit’s ROM data will be comprised in our QNIC-ROM Annual Report, allowing members to compare outcomes with other, similar services across the QNIC network.

The new QNIC-ROM system launched in February 2022, and it is now available, free of charge, to all QNIC members.

Why is it helpful?

QNIC standards 4.4.1-4.4.3 address in detail the routine use of validated outcome measures in order to monitor young people’s progress and challenges effectively. The tools and guidance ROM provides allow services to meet these standards and obtain tangible evidence of the support they are offering.

QNIC-ROM can also help staff improve effectiveness through informing individual patient care planning, promoting best practice, reducing service costs, and facilitating the sharing of ideas between QNIC members.

The new QNIC-ROM system

Since putting a pause on the old system in 2017, the QNIC-ROM team, in collaboration with CAMHS clinicians, service users and patient and carer representatives, have been developing the new system.

The new QNIC-ROM system is more user friendly and enables services to choose the outcome measures they would like to use.

Previously, HoNOSCA, CGAS, SDQ and CAMHSS data was required, but now services have the option to choose between HoNOSCA, CGAS and/or ESQ responses, depending on the outcome measures they already collect.

Additionally, services can more easily access their outcome data, as data can be inputted directly onto the system, and services can download their own data and reports directly from the system.

This a very exciting development for QNIC, and the QNIC-ROM team hope to expand the system to include the SDQ and more specific ROM measures in the near future, such as measures for deaf, eating disorder and secure services.

Contact us

If you would like to access the system or get in touch with a member of the QNIC-ROM team, please email

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