ReSPECT stands for Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment. The ReSPECT process is a form of advance care planning that has been adopted across Sussex to ensure that a person’s clinical care wishes are known, in case of a future emergency where they may not have capacity or be able to express their choices. ReSPECT can be for anyone who wants to record their care and treatment preferences, but particularly those who have complex health needs, are likely to be nearing the end of life, or at risk of sudden deterioration or cardiac arrest.
ReSPECT may 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 document.
Free online training for health and social care staff is available in two levels, each module will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. (Please note the following two training modules may give you an error when you try to access them. Please just dismiss the error (click either ok or cancel), click the play button which appears and the module will run correctly):
Alternatively, the Resuscitation Council’s ReSPECT Learning Web Application can be used on mobile devices as well as desktop computers. The app allows you to learn about the ReSPECT process and how it applies to you. The content has been primarily designed for use by people of all disciplines working in health and social care, but is also available for members of the public. When you log in, you can select your role to make sure that the content is relevant to you.
More information about ReSPECT and patient guides (including easy read and translated versions) can be accessed via the East Sussex CCG website: ReSPECT: Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment - NHS East Sussex CCG