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

A scoping review of policy and practice relating to recognising and responding to deterioration in mental state is now available.

Recognising and Responding to Deterioration in Mental State: A Scoping Review

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


Recognising and responding to physiological deterioration in mental health settings

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 NSQHS Standard 9: Recognising and Responding to Clinical Deterioration in Acute Health Care.

Fact sheet 1 (PDF 262 KB) provides an overview of recognition and response systems

Fact sheet 2 (PDF 126 KB) provides information about the operational considerations of implementing a recognition and response system

Fact sheet 3 (PDF 227 KB) provides guidance about communicating about physiological deterioration

Fact sheet 4 (PDF 308 KB) provides some strategies for engaging mental health clinicians in the implementation of recognition and response systems.