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Should Wessex implement ReSPECT process? – The NIHR CLAHRC Wessex hosted event.

24 May 2017

On May 11 2017, the NIHR CLAHRC Team brought together 44 delegates from organisations across the Wessex region and beyond as well as wide range of people including the public, paramedics, nursing staff, clinicians, managers and researchers.

The event was to examine and reflect on whether the ReSPECT approach to decision making for emergency care should be adopted. ReSPECT stands for the Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment.

Our event was just one of a number organised to hear feedback and reaction to the ReSPECT process and to discuss what barriers may exist in implementing it across the full range of health care environments

The team are now gathering anonymous feedback through an online survey, which will be pulled together and shared with those who came to the event. We look forward to seeing how the region and individual organisations within it respond going forward.

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Why do we need evidence? At a time when the NHS has limited resources and increases in demand for its services, it seems prudent to only make changes to the service once you are reasonably certain that what you might do may be in the interest of the patients and staff in the system. By enforcing top-down changes to services with little or no evidence of benefit to patients or staff we are using more of this precious resource for no clear benefit. As an engineer coming into the healthcare sector several years ago to do data analytics, it has always surprised me how few decisions in the management of NHS services are made with robust quantitative analysis. It is also a contrast to the evidence based decision making and protocols within medicine. My thought for you: “why can’t we have evidence based service management as well as evidence based medicine?“ read blog >