Additional funding has been agreed to support continued implementation of the ReSPECT programme across Surrey Heartlands over the next six months. ReSPECT (which stands for Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment), is a national initiative aimed at improving communications in a future personal emergency.

Use of the plan creates a summary of individualised recommendations for a person’s clinical care in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choices. The new process is intended to respect both patient preferences and clinical judgement; it replaces the red bordered ‘Do Not Attempt CPR’ approach and offers much more (see www.resus.org.uk for further information).

Through transformation funding, ReSPECT has been implemented across Surrey Heartlands with most partners having or being in the process of adopting it. However, it’s also recognised nationally that this needs considerable support to change culture at both organisation and individual staff level, and this additional funding will help to embed the new process across Surrey Heartlands.