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Developments and upcoming events for the ECT Accreditation Service



NALNECT Conference

The NALNECT Conference will be taking place in Birmingham on 16 May 2018. All professionals working in ECT clinics are welcome to attend. For more details please visit the website.

ECT Team Day & ECT Prescribing Day

We are delighted to announce the dates for the 2018 RCPsych ECT Team Day and ECT Prescribing Day:

ECT Team Day - Thursday 29 November 2018

ECT Prescribing Day - Friday 30 November 2018

For more information please visit the website.

ECTAS Dataset Report now published

7 July 2017

We are delighted to announce that the ECTAS Minimum Dataset Activity report 2016-17 has now been published.  This can be downloaded from our resource library.  Thanks are due to all of the clinics who took part in the data collection! 

Booking now open for the ECTAS National Forum

20 February 2017

We are delighted to announce that booking is now open for the ECTAS National Forum 2017!  The day will feature a range of presentations and workshops, including talks on recent research and clinical vignettes from member services.

You can download a booking form here.

ECTAS National Forum - call for speakers

11 January 2017

We are delighted to announce that the ECTAS National Forum will take place on 3rd May 2017.  We are now issuing a call for speakers, and would like to invite services to submit proposals.  We welcome proposals for oral presentations, interactive workshops and short vignettes on particular aspects of clinical practice.  If you would like to submit a proposal, please contact the ECTAS team for a speaker proposal form.

ECTAS Discussion Forum online library created

9 August 2016

The ECTAS email discussion forum has long been a valuable resource to staff working in ECT.  The forum has over 600 members, and has been running for over ten years.  ECTAS maintains a library of past queries, and a list of these queries is now available online.  This will allow members to easily access past discussions on particular topics of interest.

ECTAS 13th Edition Standards published

25 April 2016

We are delighted to announce the publication of the 13th Edition of the ECTAS Standards for the Administration of ECT.  The standards are intended to provide staff with a clear, comprehensive and up-to-date description of best practice in the administration of ECT.  They can be downloaded now from our 'resource library' page. 

ECTAS Sixth National Report published

21 April 2016

We are delighted to announce that the 6th National Report has now been published.  This details the aggregated findings from the accreditation process between October 2013 and October 2015.  It looks at trends over time, as well as commonly unmet standards.  It also contains future goals and recommendations.

Two new reports from ECTAS

14 September 2015


ECTAS is delighted to announce the release of the Minimum Dataset Activity report, detailing ECT treatments in the UK and Ireland over a one year period.  The ECTAS Interim Report on patient perspectives has also been released today, looking at the amalgamated data from ECTAS patient questionnaires.  These two reports can be found on our resources page.

Changes to the ECTAS accreditation process

15 July 2015

Services currently accredited by CCQI schemes can be 'accredited' or 'accredited as excellent'.  As of January 2016, the CCQI will stop the award of 'excellent'.  This will apply to teams seeking accreditation after that date, and to teams going through the process at that time.  Teams who have been awarded 'excellent' before that date may keep the award for the usual period.  Although services will no longer be accredited as excellent, the CCQI is continuing to look at how very good practice can be recognised and commended.  Members will be kept up to date with any further developments.





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