ReSPECT scheme allows patients to express treatment preferences

Date: 27 February 2020

We have signed up to the new ReSPECT process  that provides a written record of patients' treatment preferences.

The Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) is an approach to patients thinking about and discussing their future care and treatment preferences, then making and recording clinical recommendations with a healthcare professional based on those. This includes (but is not limited to) cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

ReSPECT is a national initiative which is being rolled out across a wide range of healthcare services in Norfolk and Waveney from 18th March.

The ReSPECT process aims to encourage individuals to consider, discuss and document their recommendations for their clinical care. This includes decisions about CPR, but also focuses on treatments that should be considered as well as those that are not wanted, or would not work.

Patients’ preferences are then recorded on a standardised, easily recognisable form that is used and recognised by health and care professionals.

As front line providers of emergency healthcare, we are an enthusiastic supporter of the initiative and is providing training and information to crews on how to respond to patients’ wishes on a ReSPECT form.

Dr Tom Davis, Medical Director for EEAST said: “This is an excellent way for patients to let our crews know what treatments they do, or do not want in the event of an emergency, when they may not be able to communicate those wishes themselves. It gives our clinicians a clear idea of what patients wish for in their treatment and provides guidelines on how to respect those wishes.

“We would recommend this to anyone making end-of-life plans, but also to people with long-term conditions that might want to make their preferences known in the event of an emergency.”

The scheme is being led in Norfolk and Waveney by the NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group, and will be launched to the public on 18th March.  

Further information about taking part can be found at the national Respect website: Link to national Respect website

  • Summary:

    We have signed up to the new ReSPECT process that provides a written record of patients' treatment preferences.