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Worcestershire's head of Adult Social Care welcomes New Medical Emergency forms

Elaine Carolan, Interim Director of Adult Services. Published Wednesday, 20th November 2019

Elaine Carolan, Worcestershire County Council’s Interim Director for Adult Services has said the ReSPECT process will make a real difference to people and their families.

ReSPECT refers to The Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment and is the new process of recording medical care wishes, if or when a person is unable to make or express those choices themselves.

People are encouraged to have conversations about their future with those important to them and make those difficult care decisions. 

The healthcare professional looking after them and conducting the ReSPECT process, then creates an individualised plan (“ReSPECT form”) to make sure they get the right care and treatment in a future emergency.

Elaine Carolan, who attended the recent official launch of ReSPECT, said: “This process is a very positive step and will give people and their families confidence they will get the right emergency treatment if they are unable to express that themselves.  These are not easy conversations to have, but they will have a positive impact at a time of need. 

“It has been extremely important that everyone working in health and care settings across the county understands the process and how they each can play their part.

“It is incredibly important to ensure that those caring for you, know what you would and wouldn’t want to happen. Having a ReSPECT form in place, means carers and clinicians in an emergency situation can be better informed and respond in accordance with your wishes and agreed treatments.”

While the ReSPECT form can be used at any time, it will have increasing relevance for people who have complex health needs, people who are at risk of sudden deterioration or cardiac arrest, and people who are likely to be nearing the end of their lives.

Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust has led the roll out of ReSPECT across all Health and Care Settings across Worcestershire in collaboration with Macmillan, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals, West Midlands Ambulance Service, CCGs and Primary Care , Care UK, Worcestershire County Council and the voluntary sector such as the county’s three Hospices, Worcestershire Association of Carers and Age UK.

All these organisations have implemented ReSPECT and are encouraging those living with long-term health conditions to speak to one of the Health Care Professionals responsible for their care about having a form in place.

More information can be found on the Resuscitation Council website.