Introduction of ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment)

From 1 September 2021 health and social care services across Wolverhampton, including Compton Care, will be adopting the use of ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment).

The ReSPECT process creates personalised recommendations for care in an emergency situation when a person is not able to make decisions or express their wishes. It is increasingly being adopted within health and care communities around the UK.

These recommendations are created through conversations between a person, their families, and their health and care professionals to understand what matters to them and what is realistic in terms of their care and treatment.

Patient preferences and clinical recommendations are recorded on a non-legally binding form which can be reviewed and adapted if circumstances change.

The ReSPECT process 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.

We currently use a number of forms to record patients’ wishes, including Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNACPR) forms. As part of the move to ReSPECT, DNACPR forms will be phased out, although other documentation will continue to be used. A patient may have a ReSPECT form and still have all active treatment, including resuscitation.

If you would like to discuss your personal circumstances and how the ReSPECT process might help you, you may wish to speak with your doctor or specialist nurse directly. General information for healthcare professionals and patient/carers can be found at

All information correct at time of publication.

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