ReSPECT (Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment)

ReSPECT is a process that allows people to have a say in the level or care that they receive in an emergency, even if they are unable to make or express choices at that time.

Re SPECT FormWorking together, a person and their health professionals draw up a plan, which includes clinical recommendations about care and treatment that could help to achieve the outcome that person would want. Treatments that would not help or that the person would not wish to receive are also noted.

The plan is documented on a special ReSPECT form, which the person keeps with them to ensure that healthcare professionals responding to an emergency have all of the information they need to make quick decisions about care and treatment.

The ReSPECT process can be for anyone, but it is likely to be especially relevant to people with 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.

Visit for more information about ReSPECT. If you would like to draw up a plan, speak to your GP or the consultant in charge of your care.