Surrey Heartlands is introducing the Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) process across the partnership so that personalised recommendations can be created for an individual’s clinical care in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choices.

The process provides health and care professionals responding to that emergency with a summary of recommendations to help them make immediate decisions about that person’s care and treatment.

The plan is created through conversations between an individual and their health professionals. It is then recorded on a form and includes the personal priorities for care and agreed clinical recommendations about treatment that could help to achieve the outcome they would want. The plan stays with the person and is available to health and care professionals faced with making immediate decisions in an emergency in which the individual has lost capacity to participate in making those decisions.

“ReSPECT can be for anyone, but will have increasing relevance for people who have complex health needs, people who are likely to be nearing the end of their lives, and people who are at risk of sudden deterioration or cardiac arrest,” says Janni Hodgson, Surrey Heartlands’ ReSPECT Implementation Lead. “However, some people will want to record their care and treatment preferences for other reasons.”

“ReSPECT can be used across a range of health and care settings, including the person’s own home, an ambulance, a care home, a hospice or a hospital. Professionals such as ambulance crews, out-of-hours doctors, care home staff and hospital staff will be better able to make immediate decisions about a person’s emergency care and treatment if they have prompt access to agreed clinical recommendations on a ReSPECT form.”

For more information visit the ReSPECT website