What is the Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS?
QNIC was developed from the National Inpatient Child and
Adolescent Psychiatry Study (NICAPS)
in 2001. The network aims to demonstrate and improve the
quality of inpatient child and adolescent psychiatric in-patient
care through a system of review against the QNIC service standards.
This process follows a clinical audit cycle with self-review and
Given their short supply and high cost, it is essential that child
and adolescent psychiatric inpatient units demonstrate their
quality and appropriateness. However, because of their geographic
spread, unit staff can feel isolated and unable to communicate with
other CAMHS professionals. Therefore, quality improvement can occur
in isolation. QNIC aims to resolve this by providing a single
channel for the effective dissemination of important information
from central sources such as national and professional bodies and
coordinating information sharing between units, e.g. regarding best
practice. QNIC is a supportive network with the emphasis on
The network was originally funded for 3 years by The Health
Foundation (previously PPP Medical Healthcare Trust). It is now
funded by the subscriptions of members.
The Quality Network for Inpatient CAMHS Position Statement can
also be seen here.
Find out more
about joining the network, participating
in accreditation or the benefits of
The Evergreen Centre - 'Accredited as
Coborn Centre for Adolescents -
'Accredited as Excellent'
The Newberry Centre - 'Accredited as
Chalkhill Inpatient Unit - 'Accredited
The Darwin Centre - 'Accredited as
The Croft Child and Family Centre –
Mulberry Unit, Priory Woodbourne -
Collingham Child and Family Unit -
Riverside Unit - 'Accredited'
Simmons House - 'Accredited'
Maple Ward - 'Accredited'
Galaxy House - 'Accredited'
The Sett - 'Accredited'
The Junction - 'Accredited'
If you would like to take part in
accreditation during cycle 13, please
contact one of the team.
Useful QNIC downloads, tools for those
taking part in accreditation reviews and the resource library which
includes our standards.
Further information on how to join and
CAMHS Mapping &
Search facility listing all CAMHS
Tier 4 services in the UK including location maps and contact
If you have any questions, or
need more information then please contact one of the team.