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"The team have found the process of accreditation a real
learning curve and we are now more aware of having to evidence all
our practice. The team are thrilled at gaining accreditation,
and it's a real tribute to the team and their commitment to the
unit."- Clinical Team Leader - accredited
AIMS-LD member unit
"[AIMS is] one of the most satisfying and
rewarding things I've ever been involved with in my 25 years as a
Service User, as it has such positive effects for care provision,
so it's a real pleasure to be part of it."-
Service User Reviewer and Accreditation Committee
The CQC uses the accreditation status of AIMS members in
England as one of its sources of information used in Trust Quality
and Risk Profiles. This is done by scoring the level of
accreditation awarded. This information is taken from the list of
members, which is updated after each meeting of the Royal College
of Psychiatrists' Special Committee on Professional Practice and
Ethics, at which the accreditation status of members is
ratified following review. This list is available here.
What is AIMS?AIMS is a
standards-based accreditation programme designed to improve
the quality of care in inpatient mental health wards.
Through a comprehensive process of review, we identify and
acknowledge high standards of organisation and patient care, and
support other services to achieve these.
Accreditation assures staff, service users and carers,
commissioners and regulators of the quality of the service being
AIMS accredits acute and assessment wards for working-age adults,
wards for older people, psychiatric intensive care units, inpatient
learning disability services, inpatient rehabilitation
units and care for young people on adult wards.
AIMS is an initiative of the College Centre for Quality
Information about the importance of joining AIMS.
Click here for more information about AIMS, or to sign up.
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13 May 2013
Members' accreditation status update -
25 July 2012
AIMS-OP Second Edition Standards now
2 February 2012
AIMS-OP First National Report