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The HTAS Standards for Home Treatment Teams - Third Edition was published in June 2017.

Below is information on what the standards cover, and how they have been developed.

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What the standards cover

Home Treatment Teams differ widely in their organisation, funding, staffing and levels of service, even within the same Trust.


The standards therefore currently centre on ‘function’, rather than any particular model of service delivery.


The standards cover 4 main domains:


  • Service provision and structure
  • Staff, appraisal, supervision and training
  • Assessment, care planning and transfer or discharge
  • Interventions

The First Edition of the standards was published in February 2013, and the Second Edition was published in March 2015.

Reflecting the views of those in the field

We know that those who are in the field have the best understanding of the issues and challenges that they face in providing high quality care.


The standards are drawn from relevant policies, guidelines and research literature and have been developed in consultation with a multidisciplinary panel of experts in home treatment services, including service users and carers.

Keeping up to date

We review the standards regularly to ensure that they continue to reflect developments in policy and practice and any issues identified through the accreditation process.

How we measure performance against the standards

The full set of standards and criteria is aspirational and it is unlikely that any service would meet all of them. Therefore, services are categorised against each standard at one of three levels:


Type 1: failure to meet these standards could result in a significant threat to the safety, rights or dignity of service users and/or would breach the law.  These standards must be met for a team to be accredited;


Type 2: standards that an accredited team would be expected to meet;


Type 3: standards that an excellent team should meet or standards that are not the direct responsibility of the team.


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