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The College Centre for Quality Improvement
(CCQI) is a Department of the Royal College of
The centre runs a variety of quality improvement and
accreditation services, with sign up from over 90% of the mental
health services in the country.
What we do
The Quality Network for Prison Mental Health Services engages
services in an annual process of self and peer-review. We review
member services against
standards for prison mental health services (3rd edition).
The standards act as a framework by which to assess the quality of
prison mental health services.
standards for community services, developed by the British
Standards Institution and the CCQI, appear alongside the specialist
The standards for prison mental health services were created
between 2013 - 2015 through extensive consultation with a variety
A third edition was published in October 2017,
acknowledging feedback and recent developments in prison mental
The self-review process is an opportunity for you to score
yourself and provide commentary against each of the standards for
prison mental health services. You can say whether you have met,
partly met or unmet each criteria.
The peer-review visit is a supportive process, encouraging you
to reflect on your achievements and challenges, whilst also
considering improvements for the future.
A draft report is sent to you and the
peer-review team within four weeks of the peer-review date for
their comments. The final report is issued only to you within eight
weeks of the peer-review date.
The report outlines the key achievements and
challenges and suggests a number of action points for improvement
for the following Cycle. Six weeks after receiving the final
report we’ll expect to receive a copy of the action plan from you
and this will be used in the next Cycle to identify any areas of
change or improvement. View the template
for action planning.
At the end of the Cycle, an Annual Forum is held for members and
those interested in the Quality Network.
The day focuses on key trends from the past Cycle with
presentations on specific areas relevant to prison mental
The Annual Report explores each section of the published
standards, drawing on key achievements, areas for improvements and
solutions to common problems.
Member services can benchmark their practices against others and
gain ideas for service development from the presented examples
of good practice.
See who's on our advisory group and which mental health teams have
Please contact us if
you'd like more information on the network or you'd like to
Megan Georgiou, Programme Manager
Tel: 020 3701 2701.
Become a member
registration for cycle 4 (August 2018 - July 2019) has now
For more information on joining the Network for cycle 5, please
contact the project team. Please refer to the memorandum of understanding and
membership documents for further information.
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