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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

College wins 2.3 million pound contracts

New contracts worth £2.3 million have been awarded to the Royal College of Psychiatrists to carry out national audits of anxiety &depression and psychosis.

The College Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI), which helps raise the quality of NHS mental healthcare, was awarded these contracts by the Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership as part of the National Clinical Audit Programme.

Alan Quirk, CCQI senior programme manager, said: “I’m delighted. For the College, it is about assessing and raising the standard of care that patients receive.” “This is important programme of national audits which we will be running here for many years to come.”

The psychosis audit began on May 1, with the anxiety & depression audit will start on June 1. Funding has been awarded for three years with the possibility of a further two years.

Both audits involve assessing the quality of care that people with these conditions receive and comparing it between different Trusts and Health Boards The information is made public so that patients, carers and clinicians can see how the quality of care provided by their service compares with that delivered elsewhere in the country.

Professor Mike Crawford, Director of the CCQI said: previous rounds of these audits have identified problems in the quality of care that people received such as poor attention to physical health and insufficient access to psychological treatments, these new contracts mean that we will be able to give clinicians and mangers the information they need to assess their progress in delivering higher standards of care and will also help us to share examples of good practice between services across England and Wales.

CCQI and the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health are the Royal College’s two arms which help set and raise standards for NHS mental health care.

The Royal College represents around 18,000 psychiatrists across the UK and internationally.

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