ReSPECT is a process that creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choices. It provides health and care professionals responding to that emergency with a summary of recommendations to help them to make immediate decisions about that person’s care and treatment. ReSPECT can be complementary to a wider process of advance/anticipatory care planning.
The plan is created through conversations between a person and their health professionals. The plan is recorded on a form and includes their personal priorities for care and agreed clinical recommendations about care and treatment that could help to achieve the outcome that they would want, that would not help, or that they would not want.
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. Some people will want to record their care and treatment preferences for other reasons.
ReSPECT is all about the conversation.
ReSPECT is about delivering co-ordinated, realistic and person-centred care through multidisciplinary networks to improve the experience of emergency care for patients and their families. It is about values and identifying “What matters?” to the individual. It is about providing the right care in the right place at the right time.
Since launching ReSPECT last year, there has been enormous interest in adopting the ReSPECT process to improve emergency and urgent care planning from across all healthcare settings and across all of the UK.
This conference and workshop brings together all those who are either already using or interested in potentially adopting ReSPECT - from primary, secondary and community care, as well as ambulance services and care home settings - to discuss, share experiences, learn from each other, see how ReSPECT supports wider national priorities and help shape the future of ReSPECT.
If you are a healthcare professional with responsibility for commissioning or healthcare delivery across a range of settings, and you want to deliver genuinely person-centred emergency care across your local or regional area, then this is the conference for you.