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

Quality Network for Older Adults Mental Health Services

Quality Network for Older Adults Mental Health Services

What is the quality network for older adults mental health services?

The Quality Network for Older Adults Mental Health Services (formerly AIMS-OP) works with wards providing services to older people to assure and improve the quality of inpatient mental health services. It engages staff and service users in a comprehensive process of self and peer review for the purposes of accreditation and quality improvement. Good practice and high quality care are recognised and services are supported to identify and address areas for improvement. 


Accreditation assures staff, service users and carers, commissioners and regulators of the quality of the service being provided.


AIMS is an initiative of the College Centre for Quality Improvement.


To join the network please contact the team.


This Autumn we're holding our 2nd Annual Forum and Peer Reviewer Training. For more information about the events and how to confirm your place, click here.


We've recently published our 4th Edition Standards for Older Adults Inpatient Mental Health Services.

Why focus on inpatient Wards for older people?

The rapid ageing of the population means that demand for services is increasing.

In 2006, a report by the Healthcare Commission, Audit Commission and the Commission for Social Care Inspection found evidence of inadequacies in health and social care services for older people with mental health problems.  The Department of Health highlighted that more still needed to be done to provide specialist mental health services for older people in its 2006 report, A new ambition for old age.

There is an increasing focus on older people’s mental health services, with additional guidance and requirements placed on provider organisations.



Information about the quality improvement and accreditation processes, our approach and the benefits of membership. Read more.


You can find out more about our service standards and how they are developed here. You can also download the current version here.


Join the network

We welcome new members so if your service is interested in joining, please click here.


All our members and their current status can be viewed online.

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Find out more about what's happening on the network, including our upcoming events here.


This page is currently under development and will be updated soon. Until then you can get more information here.


This page is currently under development and will be updated soon.


Contact details for the team.

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