respect big logoReSPECT 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.

The plan is created through conversations between you and your health professionals. The plan is recorded on a purple paper form called the ‘ReSPECT Form’ that stays with you. The form should be available immediately to health professionals called to help you in an emergency, whether you are at home or being cared for elsewhere. Professionals such as ambulance crews, out-of-hours doctors, care home staff and hospital staff will be better able to make quick decisions about how best to help you if they can see your ReSPECT form in an emergency.

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. Your preferences and the clinical recommendations recorded on the ReSPECT form can be reviewed and adapted if your circumstances change.

The ReSPECT process is increasingly being adopted within health and care communities around the UK.  We would like to design a public marketing campaign to let everyone know about ReSPECT in Norfolk & Waveney.

You can find out more about ReSPECT on the national website, or by watching this film of Dr Caroline Barry, Consultant in Palliative Care at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, talking about the importance of ReSPECT for helping to make sure patients get the care they would choose.

You helped us to do design a public marketing campaign for Norfolk & Waveney by completing a questionnaire.

We were particularly interested to find out:

  • What people knew about ReSPECT already?
  • What were the most helpful messages to spread understanding about the importance of planning for your emergency care and treatment?
  • What were the best ways to share those messages with people in Norfolk and Waveney?

You can read the results and a report generated from this survey here.