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How to join



HTAS is open to all crisis resolution and home treatment teams in the UK and registrations are currently being accepted.  There are two membership options - accreditation membership, and developmental membership.

For more information, please contact the programme team.


To join, please complete the relevant joining form and return to the HTAS team.

HTAS joining form - Accreditation Membership

HTAS joining form - Developmental Membership







       HTAS Joining Form

What is HTAS?

  • HTAS is an initiative from the Royal College of Psychiatrists Centre for Quality Improvement.  It aims to help crisis resolution and home treatment teams in the UK to focus on and improve quality, as well as awarding accreditation to services that meet sufficient standards.

  • The standards have been developed in conjunction with a panel of experts in home treatment services. The standards were piloted in 2012 with 17 teams and were revised further following this phase. The new HTAS Standards were published in February 2013, building on the Pilot Standards.

  • The UK-wide HTAS programme launched in March 2013 and registrations for new members are taken throughout the year.


Who can join? 

If you work in a UK crisis resolution or home treatment team (as described below), then you are eligible to join the programme. 


The main functions of these teams are that they:

  • provide rapid, short-term, intensive support for people with acute mental health problems;
  • gatekeep acute inpatient admissions;
  • facilitate early discharge from acute inpatient wards.

Please note: As part of the assessment process, we will review your staffing and processes and therefore if you work in a service that includes multiple teams, we would assess and accredit each team separately. 

If you are unsure whether your team counts as a single or multiple, please contact us before joining.


How much does it cost?

The programme runs entirely on subscription fees from our members. The annual fee for this programme is £1800 + VAT per year. A 10% discount is available for services that purchase a three year membership:

  • 1 year = £1800 + VAT
  • 3 years = £4860 + VAT (10% discount)

The subscription fee applies per team.

The College Centre for Quality Improvement is cost-neutral, so the majority of your subscription fee goes towards the cost of organising your peer review visit and other benefits such as free training and forum events; the rest is used in administration of the process.

How do I join?

To join HTAS, please complete the joining form and return to the HTAS team.



HTAS, 21 Prescot Street, London, E1 8BB
Tel: 020 3701 2653  Fax: 020 3701 2761  Email:



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