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
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
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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