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What is the Quality Network for Inpatient Learning Disability Services?


The Quality Network for Inpatient Learning Disability Services (QNLD) aims to support wards to evaluate and improve their management processes and standards of care. It engages staff and service users in a comprehensive process of review against an agreed set of standards which are developed based on best practice guidelines, expert opinion and research. Services are supported to identify areas for improvement and set achievable targets for change, using a pathway of self appraisal and peer review which includes the perspectives of management, staff teams, service users and carers.

The network also provides accreditation for services which are deemed to have met the majority of the standards, usually following the completion of at least one year of network membership. Accreditation demonstrates the ward's commitment to quality improvement, high standards of care and inclusion of service user and carer perspectives. It is recognised by a number of professional and regulatory bodies as a sign of quality and provides an informal evidence base for CQC inspections.


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QNLD Upcoming Events


Peer Reviewer Training

Wednesday 26th September 2018

11am to 3:30 pm, Royal College of Psychiatrists, Prescott Street, E1 8BB

This training course is for professional, service users and carers who want to become peer reviewers. It is essential to complete this course before taking part in a  review. Booking is now open. If you want to attend please contact the project team at


QNLD Annual Forum

Thursday 25th October 2018

Royal College of Psychiatrists

The Quality Network and Accreditation for Inpatient Learning Disability Services is holding it's 3rd Annual Forum. The event is for professionals, patients and carers. We hope to announce our exciting programme and open booking for the event in the next few weeks so keep your eyes open!