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The ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) process provides people with the opportunity to create a personalised plan for the clinical care they would want to receive in an emergency situation where they are not able to make decisions or express their wishes.
The plan is created through conversations between a person and their healthcare professionals. It stays with the person and should be available immediately to healthcare professionals called to help in an emergency, whether at home or elsewhere. Professionals such as ambulance crews, out-of-hours doctors, care home staff and hospital staff will be better able to make quick decisions about how best to help if there is a ReSPECT plan available in an emergency.
The ReSPECT plan can be for anyone, but particularly those who have complex health needs, are likely to be nearing the end of their lives, or who are at risk of sudden deterioration or cardiac arrest. However, some people may want to record their care and treatment preferences for other reasons.
More information on the ReSPECT process can be found at www.resus.org.uk/respect/respect-patients-and-carers or email ReSPECT@royalberkshire.nhs.uk.