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HTAS Accreditation Process February 2013

It takes around 6 to 9 months from the time a service registers with the HTAS programme to point of accreditation. 


The three phases of accreditation

Self review

During this phase, the service undertakes a series of activities, including distributing staff, team manager, carer and service user questionnaires and completing a review of health records and an organisational checklist. 


These enable the multi-disciplinary team to review their local procedures and practices against the standards and, if necessary, to make the changes required to achieve accreditation. The self review period is three months. 


A summary report of the results from the self review forms the basis of the discussions at the peer review visit. 


Peer review visit by an external team

The peer review visit takes places 4 to 8 weeks after completion of the self review. 

A team, generally of four people, comprising 2 professional or clinical reviewers from other HTAS member services, a service user and/or carer representative, and usually a member of the HTAS Project Team undertakes a peer review visit. 

In addition to validating the self review data, the peer review provides an opportunity for discussion, sharing of ideas and for the visiting team to offer advice and support.

Accreditation decision

Information from the self and peer review is compiled into a summary report which is verified by the peer review team and host team before being submitted to the Accreditation Committee (AC). 

The AC includes nominated representatives from stakeholder professional bodies and service user and carer representatives. 

The Committee decides on the team's accreditation status.

There are three categories of accreditation status, depending on the percentages of standards met:

  • Accredited
  • Accreditation deferred
  • Not accredited


Services that cannot achieve accreditation at the point of peer review are deferred for a time limited period in which they must meet the necessary standards.


Accreditation is valid for up to three years, subject to satisfactory completion of an interim review at 18 months. 


Not yet ready to be accredited but want to be part of the network?

If you are not yet ready to get accredited but want to enjoy the benefits of membership, you can join our developmental membership programme.

Find out more about how developmental membership works.


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