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.

HWCCG response to HWW letter re ReSPECT process and Do Not Resuscitate assessments for people with a learning disability – August 2020

ReSPECT form 120820 Final version 3

ReSPECT discussion guide 120820 Final for version 3