HSJ Awards 2020Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership is delighted to announce that their ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) Implementation Project has been shortlisted in the System Leadership Initiative of the Year category at the 2020 HSJ Awards.

Despite tough competition from more than 1000 entries, the partnership has been recognised for their outstanding contribution to health and care.

ReSPeCT went live in March this year despite the significant challenges from managing the Covid-19 response.  This new data capture process creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care and treatment in the event of an emergency, where they may be unable to make or express their own choices to the professionals treating and caring for them.

ReSPECT also includes information on a person’s resuscitation status and replaces multiple types of documentation with a single patient held form; standardising information capture and providing a recognised form wherever an emergency occurs.

This process for recording patient choice is now being used across Norfolk and Waveney, and the working group are currently carrying out public engagement to shape public communications in order to improve awareness of the new process. 

The project was selected as a finalist for demonstrating ambition, visionary spirit and the positive impact it is having on patient and staff experiences across the health and care system.  

The HSJ judging panel comprises highly influential and respected figures within the healthcare community including: Sir Bruce Keogh, Chair, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s FT, Mark Axcell, Chief Executive, Black Country Healthcare FT and Caroline Beardall, Director of Workforce and OD, NHS England.

The ReSPECT working group brought together stakeholders from across the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership including those from acute, community, primary care, mental health, patient representatives, the ambulance service, social care and the voluntary and community sector.  Sharing resources and working collaboratively, they have ensured a joined-up approach to recording patient choice across the health and care system.

Dr Caroline Barry, Palliative Care Consultant at NNUHFT and Medical Lead for ReSPECT Norfolk and Waveney, said: “We are delighted to have been shortlisted for the HSJ System Leadership Initiative of the Year Award. ReSPECT implementation has been a truly collaborative effort combining clinical expertise from across the area with an ambitious patient engagement programme.  

“Our work on ReSPECT comes from a desire to bring choice and dignity to people making decisions at a difficult time in their lives. The opportunity and framework to have a conversation about serious illness has never been more relevant.   

“Although we would never have planned to implement something in this scale in the midst of a pandemic, the population of Norfolk and Waveney now benefit from a standardised approach to the documentation of clinical recommendations for emergency care and treatment and a renewed focused on important conversations about priorities for care.

“We know that this adds tremendous value to our system, particularly at this time, and are very proud that this achievement has been recognised by this prestigious nomination.” 

For more information about ReSPECT please visit: www.norfolkandwaveneypartnership.org.uk

The full list of finalists for the 2020 HSJ Awards can be found on awards.hsj.co.uk/shortlist-2020

Winners will be selected ahead of the ceremony, which will take place virtually in March 2021.