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

Community of Communities

Why Join the Network?

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What are our aims?


  • Engage all those who use and work in TCs in service evaluation and quality improvement
  • Provide democratically agreed Service Standards which identify and describe excellence in TC practice across different settings
  • Provide opportunities for cross sector learning and engagement
  • Encourage an atmosphere of engagement as opposed to inspection
  • Provide evidence of quality and quality improvement for commissioners, senior managers and the wider world
  • Host a large TC skills and knowledge community that provides information and support 


How we help Therapeutic Communities

  • Provide tools and guidance to support a cycle of self- and peer-review
  • Provide local reports which detail the results of the self- and peer-review including clear action points and areas of achievement
  • Provide a robust system of accreditation, ratified by the Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • Work closely with HM Prison Service to develop and deliver accreditation process for TCs in prisons. Click here for more information
  • Publish national reports providing an overview of collective performance, identifying common themes and enabling benchmarking of practice against other TCs
  • Members can use our standards and process as a framework to monitor contracts and develop service level agreements
  • Provide ongoing access to other members through events, email discussion forum and  newsletter
  • Enable staff and service users to use and develop their skills by participating in reviews, training as lead and/or specialist reviewers

Where next..

Community of Communities, The Royal College of Psychiatrists, 21 Prescot Street
London, E1 8BB    
Tel: 020 3701 2674   Email:


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