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Implementing ReSPECT

ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) has been developed by the UK Resuscitation Council. It is currently being implemented in various locations across the country. Read an introduction to the ReSPECT process here.

The aim of the project in the West of England is to understand whether the ReSPECT process offers confidence and an effective framework for encouraging and empowering staff to have these important conversations with their patients. We aim to explore and identify barriers to supporting patient’s wishes as documented on a ReSPECT form from an organisational, system and cultural perspective. View the region we cover here.


Getting Started

A number of ReSPECT training resources are available to support your organisation to implement ReSPECT, including eLearning packages and other resources. Different resources are available depending on staff roles, and this Training Needs Analysis template can be used to determine the level of training required, as follows:

ReSPECT Awareness

For staff who need to be aware of the ReSPECT process and recognise the ReSPECT form.

• What is ReSPECT and how is it different to what we have already?
• Who is ReSPECT for?
• What does the form look like?

ReSPECT Action

For staff who will need to recognise the form, and act on the recommendations.

As above plus:

• How to care for someone with a ReSPECT form
• During an emergency where a person is unable to make or express choices
• When to update the form

ReSPECT Conversations and Authorship

For staff who will be initiating or carrying out ReSPECT conversations with patients and their families.

As above plus:

• Having a conversation about ReSPECT
• Completing the form
• Communicating the form


ReSPECT Awareness

These resources are suitable for healthcare professionals who will need to be aware of the ReSPECT process and recognise the form. This will include all clinical and non-clinical staff working in patient-facing roles and administrative staff working with medical records who will not be enacting recommendations on the ReSPECT form, or having ReSPECT conversations with patients.

eLearning

Additional ‘Awareness’ Resources


ReSPECT Action

These resources are suitable for healthcare professionals who may need to enact the recommendations within the ReSPECT form. This will include all clinical and non-clinical staff working in patient-facing roles who will not be having ReSPECT conversations with patients.

Additional ‘Action’ Resources

Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS have produced a series of case studies focussed on ReSPECT scenarios:


ReSPECT Conversations and Authorship

These resources are suitable for healthcare professionals who will be having ReSPECT conversations with patients and families, and writing ReSPECT forms. This may include Consultants, GPs, doctors in training (FY2 and above), senior nurses and AHPs.

eLearning

Additional ‘Conversations and Authorship’ Resources


Further Resources

The Resuscitation Council and ReSPECT adopters across the UK have produced many excellent resources that can be used to support your organisation to implement ReSPECT.


ReSPECT in Your Area

ReSPECT is being implemented across the West of England. See below for links to sources of local information.