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

AIMS Rehab: a Quality Network for Mental Health Rehabilitation Services


What is AIMS Rehab?

AIMS Rehab: a Quality Network for Mental Health Rehabilitation Services works with services to improve the quality of inpatient rehabilitation wards. It engages staff, service users and carers in a comprehensive process of both self- and peer-review for the purpose of quality improvement and accreditation. Good practice and high quality care are recognised and services are supported to identify and address areas for improvement. 


The network also provides a number of other quality improvement initiatives including regular events and an email discussion group.


AIMS Rehab: a Quality Network for Mental Health Rehabilitation Services is an initiative of the College Centre for Quality Improvement.


Joining the network

AIMS Rehab has a variety of membership options for services interested in quality improvement, accreditation and engaging in a national network of peers and services.   

To join the network, please complete a joining form and send to

For any queries, please contact the team.


Publications and Competitions


2016 Annual Report

2017 Annual Report

2018 Art Competition

Why focus on inpatient rehabilitation units?

In 2005, a position statement from the Executive Committee of the Royal College of Psychiatrists’ Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry described rehabilitation as the “forgotten need within contemporary mental health services”.  Though the principles of rehabilitation and recovery have been generally accepted throughout inpatient services, there is still a pressing need for specialised services.

A further report from the Faculty of Rehabilitation and Social Psychiatry, in 2009, set out a template for dedicated rehabilitation services. AIMS Rehab was developed in response to this report.

In November 2016, the Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health updated their guidance for the commissioning of interventions and services for people with complex and longer term problems. The guidance will be of use to service providers, commissioners and regulators.

Why Join?

Information about the quality improvement and accreditation processes, our approach and the benefits of membership.

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Our Standards

You can find out more about our service standards and how they are developed here. You can also download the current version.

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Our Members

All our members and their current status can be viewed online.

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Training and Events

Find out more about our annual forum, special interest days and reviewer trainings, including upcoming dates.

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Contact us

Contact details for the team.

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