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Deteriorating patient in Mental Health settings

Duration One day (6 hours online session)
Session LeaderTBC
Date Contact NHS study day Team for more information


During this one-day training, participants will explore how to detect, assess, recognise, and manage a deteriorating adult patient. It will be of interest to staff from primary care-based practitioners, mental health and social care professionals working in inpatient and community settings.

Course content

The workshop develops the learners’ knowledge and skills to identify the deteriorating patient. It assumes that participants already perform vital signs assessments, but each skill is refreshed.

By the end of the session, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss personal effectiveness in gathering measurements and information about a patient’s physical state of health.
  2. Apply one or more named tools for monitoring changes in physical health status to demonstrate an awareness of the cues used to detect patient deterioration, including A-G assessment. This will include ACVPU and using the National Early Warning Score (NEWS2) and SBAR for a variety of scenarios as well as NICE and Royal College guidance.
  3. Describe and manage a variety of patient deterioration scenarios safely and effectively.
  4. Prioritise a workload and escalate in a safe manner.
  5. explore understanding of individual responsibility and limitations in relation to monitoring the changing physical health status of a patient.

Learning and teaching

Study mode: Synchronous online delivery via virtual classroom using one of the following web-based learning and teaching platforms (e.g. MS teams, Kaltura new row, Adobe Connect, Zoom). The content on the day will be delivered via a mixture of PowerPoint presentation, small group exercise and discussion, group feedback and recap/quiz.

Fees and funding

There are several funding options available:

  • Receiving course fees via CPPD contracts between NHS trusts and Middlesex University
  • Paying your own fees. This course is £110
  • Sponsorship by your employer.

For more information on these options, including fee rates for self-funding/employer-sponsored students, please visit our dedicated funding page.

How to apply

To apply for this course, please email our NHS study days team.

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