Recognising and responding to clinical deterioration in mental state

The Commission has expanded its Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration Program to address physiological deterioration in mental state.

Scoping review

Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in Mental State: A Scoping Review reviews policy and practice.

The findings of this review are informing the development of new work to improve the safety and quality of care for people who experience acute deterioration in their mental state.  

Fact sheets

A series of fact sheets about recognising and responding to physiological deterioration have been developed for mental health services. These provide guidance and information about implementing the systems that need to be in place in order to meet the Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration Standard (NSQHS Standards, second edition)

  • Fact sheet 1  provides an overview of recognition and response systems
  • Fact sheet 2 provides information about the operational considerations of implementing a recognition and response system
  • Fact sheet 3 provides guidance about communicating about physiological deterioration
  • Fact sheet 4 provides some strategies for engaging mental health clinicians in the implementation of recognition and response systems.