ReSPECT conversations allow a person and their health professionals to plan together for a future emergency, about what care or treatments they would want if they were suddenly ill and could not make choices. If a person does not have capacity to participate, ReSPECT conversations should include their legal proxy (if they have one), family members or other carers.
Concerns were raised with Healthwatch Worcestershire about how this process has been working during the Covid-19 pandemic. In particular in relation to people with a learning disability within Acute Hospitals in Worcestershire. Healthwatch Worcestershire requested further information and reassurance from Herefordshire and Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Group in relation to these concerns.