ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment)

A new process is being introduced to give residents across Northern Lincolnshire more say about what happens to them if they need emergency care or treatment.

ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment) is a nationally developed process led by the Resuscitation Council (UK). ReSPECT creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care in a future emergency, where they may be unable to make or express choices.

It is designed to allow patients greater influence on what happens to them, and that their wishes are carried out appropriately, should they ever find themselves in an emergency situation where they are not able to express their wants and/or needs.

ReSPECT can record preferences and recommendations for emergency situations, whatever stage of life the patient is at, and should not be limited just to those who are approaching end of life. In particular it should be an important consideration for those with significant frailty or chronic progressive long term conditions.

The nationally recognised process will start being rolled out across Northern Lincolnshire’s health and care organisations in September.

To find out more about ReSPECT visit or speak to a member of staff.