ReSPECT stands for Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment.
The ReSPECT process has been adopted across Sussex to ensure that a person’s clinical care wishes are known, so that in a future emergency where you may not have capacity or be able to express your choices they are already known in your ReSPECT plan.
The ReSPECT process is intended to respect both patient preferences and clinical judgement.
A ReSPECT plan is created through conversations between a person and one or more of the health professionals who are involved with their care. The plan should stay with that person and be available immediately to health and care professionals faced with making immediate decisions in an emergency.
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.
More detail about the ReSPECT process, the plans and guidance are available on the Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups websites: