We talk about advance care planning being a house with lots of rooms……in one of these rooms is a document called ReSPECT. 

ReSPECT stands for Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment. The ReSPECT process creates a personalised recommendation for your clinical care in emergency situations where you are not able to make decisions or express your wishes. This was launched in West Sussex at the end of last year.

ReSPECT plans can be for anyone, but 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 personal reasons.

A ReSPECT plan is created through conversations between you and your health care professionals and stays with you, so should you need help in an emergency your wishes on care and treatment are known. In an emergency, health or care professionals may have to make rapid decisions about your treatment, and you may not be well enough to discuss and make choices. This plan empowers you to guide them on what treatments you would or would not want to be considered for, and to have recorded those treatments that could be important or those that would not work for you.

You can include your family and/or carers in your conversations with a doctor or senior nurse when creating your plan, so that everyone that is important to you knows and understands your priorities of care and treatment in an emergency.

Empowering people to know that should an emergency come about, knowing care and treatment wishes are known offers peace of mind for you, your family and the health care professionals looking after you.

You can find out more about ReSPECT on our website and the NHS West Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups website: