Policy briefing

ReSPECT form update: a more patient-centred focus for advance care planning

How nurses can implement changes to the RCUK process for end of life decision-making

How nurses can implement changes to Resuscitation Council UK’s process for end of life decision-making

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Essential information

As patients in emergency situations are often unable to make decisions about their priorities for care or treatment choices, advance discussions are essential.

The pandemic has further highlighted the importance of sensitive and well-structured conversations about a person’s realistic care choices, with a need for shared understanding between patients, their families and healthcare professionals, says the Resuscitation Council UK (RCUK).

The Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) process, introduced by the RCUK in 2016, is widely used by health and social care organisations in England and parts of Scotland. It supports these vital conversations with patients regarding possible emergency treatment, including whether


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