Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services
The Accreditation Programme for Psychological Therapies Services (APPTS) is a new accreditation programme that works with psychological therapies services in the UK to assure and improve their quality.
For the purpose of APPTS, ‘psychological therapies services’ are defined as services whose primary function is to provide psychological therapies, to improve the psychological wellbeing of adults in the community.
APPTS takes psychological therapies services through a supportive and engaging process of self and peer review to assess how each service is performing against an agreed set of quality standards.
APPTS is a partnership between the Centre for Quality Improvement (CCQI) at the Royal College of Psychiatrists and the British Psychological Society. The scope, standards and evaluation methods have been developed in partnership with professional organisations that therapists belong to, national charities, the national Improving Access to Psychological Therapies programme team, service leads, practising therapists and service users.
As well as identifying and acknowledging services that have high standards, an accreditation programme shares best practice to facilitate service improvement. The APPTS project team provides year-round support to help accreditation members maximise opportunities for learning and development.