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What is the ReSPECT process?

The ReSPECT process creates personalised recommendations for a person’s clinical care and treatment in a future emergency in which they are unable to make or express choices.

These recommendations are created through conversations between a person, their families, and their health and care professionals to understand what matters to them and what is realistic in terms of their care and treatment.

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ReSPECT for healthcare professionals

Resources, advice and information for healthcare professionals wanting to learn more about ReSPECT.

ReSPECT for patients and carers

Find out everything you need to know about ReSPECT and what it means for your care, or the care of someone you look after.

Where in the UK has adopted the ReSPECT process?

Find out if your local area has adopted the ReSPECT process yet, and see where else in the UK it's in place.

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How does ReSPECT work?

ReSPECT and decision-making conversations happen between a person, their families, and their health and care professionals. These conversations help create an understanding of what is important to the person.

Patient preferences and clinical recommendations are discussed and recorded on a non-legally binding form which can be reviewed and adapted if circumstances change.

Who is ReSPECT for?

The ReSPECT process can be for anyone but will have increasing relevance for people who have 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. Some people will want to record their care and treatment preferences for other reasons.

The ReSPECT process is increasingly being adopted within health and care communities around the UK.


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Sharing stories relating to the use of ReSPECT will help us to learn from and promote the process. If you have experience of using ReSPECT, either as a patient/carer or as a health care professional, we would love to hear about it. Please get in touch at


Find supporting files for Health Care Professionals, Patients and Carers, as well as publications and newsletter archives in our resource section