The 2021 QNIC Annual Forum: Celebrating 20 Years of QNIC

CCQI news
05 July 2021

On 17-18 June, QNIC (the Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS) celebrated its 20th birthday in style with our first ever two-day virtual Annual Forum. 

Preserving most of the content planned for 2020, we welcomed over 150 delegates across the two days to engage with a packed programme of scintillating speakers, exploring the latest innovations in clinical inpatient CAMHS research and models of care.

Hosted by Advisory Group chair, Turlough Mills and compered by the QNIC team, it was a chance for our member services to come together, mutually exchange best practices and reflect on what has been a uniquely challenging 24 months for inpatient units.

One of the highlights included a presentation from Accreditation Committee chair and QNIC Co-founder, Angela Sergeant, and CCQI Director and former QNIC Project Officer, Peter Thompson. They charted the progression of the CCQI’s oldest network from speculative conversations held in a hotel lobby outside Exeter Cathedral in 1997 all the way to the 115-member strong initiative it is today

The second day focused on the diversity of clinical models and approaches to care within the network, with optional breakout spaces and interactive workshops delivered by pioneering practitioners at our member services.

Special guests included:

  • Dr Guy Northover from GIRFT (Getting It Right First Time) who gave us a whistle-stop tour through the national findings of the CYMPH Crisis and Urgent Care Project data
  • ‘Notions of home’ explored by the University of Exeter’s Dr Hannah Sherbersky
  • Dominique Henson and a team from Health Education England who unveiled the new inpatient CAMH competence framework
  • Professor Kapil Sayal who illuminated the National Institute of Health Research’s ‘Far Away from Home’ Study. 

We were also treated to a talk from our Patient and Carer representatives: Rachel Braverman, Hannah Sharp and Leanne Walker. They provided their unique insights into the value of using experts by experience in the improvement of delivering care, encouraging young person involvement in service development and their experiences of the QNIC review process.

Feedback from attendees and on social media was very positive and the event was a huge success for the team. Here’s to the next #20YearsOfQNIC.

If you would like to access any recordings or slides for any of the sessions across the two-day event, or indeed get involved in our peer reviews and accreditations in Cycle 21, please do get in touch with a member of the QNIC team via