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

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What is the Quality Network for Inpatient Mental Health Services for Deaf People?

The Quality Network for Inpatient Mental Health Services for Deaf People is a standards-based quality network for deaf services that provides an opportunity for members to share good practice and facilitates quality improvement.


All three national deaf mental health services in England take part in the programme. Members have completed year one of the quality network and are now entering the accreditation stage.


  • Develop specialist service standards in consultation with members incorporating requirements and recommendations set out nationally.
  • Organise self- and peer-reviews with an emphasis on engagement rather than inspection.
  • Provide detailed local reports which identify action points and areas of achievement.
  • Publish an annual report which presents an overview of collective performance, identifies common themes and allows for benchmarking.


Our aims

  • Enable services for deaf people to engage in service evaluation and quality improvement using standards and methods that are agreeable to service users, carers, frontline staff and clinical and Trust management.
  • Provide a strong network of supportive relationships.
  • Promote best practice through shared learning and networking.





Our standards

The QNMHD standards.


The review process

The review process explained.


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If you have any questions, or need more information then please contact one of the team.




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