Resource: mental health clinical handover audit tool (mCHAT)

Nayia Cominos, Jon Jureidini, John Walsh

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The Mental Health Clinical Handover Audit Tool (mCHAT) presented in this chapter is designed to help mental health teams take stock of current handover practice and identify strategies for improvement. The tool has been designed specifically to meet the criteria of the Australian clinical handover standard (ACSQHC 2012b) but may be adapted easily and rapidly to suit other mental health handover standards and contexts. Given the special constraints of mental health care, discussed in chapters 12 and 13, this tool is designed for mental health handovers that do not involve patients directly and are conducted in staff-only areas. We assume that the auditor might well be a member of the handover team, and that the role of auditor might be taken by different members of the team on different occasions. We believe that giving different
team members the opportunity to act as observers can help build the team’s awareness of handover issues and may encourage collaborative problem solving.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEffective Communication in Clinical Handover From Research to Practice
EditorsSuzanne Eggins, Diana Slade, Fiona Geddes
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherDe Gruyter Mouton
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783110379044
ISBN (Print)9783110378863
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePatient Safety
PublisherDe Gruyter


  • mental health clinicians
  • Mental health care
  • mCHAT
  • clinical handover
  • clinical audit


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