As a partnership we are committed to improving End of Life care for people in Walsall. 

Some of the ways in which we are doing this can be found below:

Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT) 
Improving personalised care in Walsall is one of the key priorities for the Walsall Together Partnership.

One of the ways we are aiming to achieve this is to replace the current Do Not Attempt Resuscitation (DNACPR) policy that is used across the borough, with the Resuscitation Council (UK) Recommended Summary Plan for Emergency Care and Treatment (ReSPECT). 

The ReSPECT process creates personalised recommendations, for clinical care in an emergency situation, when a person is not able to make decisions or express their wishes.

By using the ReSPECT process, we will be able to improve personalised care, by talking about much more than just resuscitation. We are able to engage with patients and their families and work together to make decisions and recommendations and effectively plan their care in the event of a situation where they are unable to express their own wishes.  

People with a ReSPECT plan in place are more likely to avoid unwanted and unnecessary interventions including hospital admissions and be cared for and die in the place of their choosing. 

The new policy came into effect as of 1 January 2021. 

People who are at the end-of-life often come into contact with lots of different health and care professionals. 

Treatment choices, how and where care is delivered and the preferred place of death is key to providing personalised end-of-life care and these often change during the last months and weeks of life.  

It can be difficult to share information across organisations about an individual’s care in a way which is safe, up-to-date and timely and reflects their latest wishes.  

Improving end-of-life care is really important to the partnership and one of the ways we are aiming to do this is through an Electronic Palliative Care Co-ordination System (EPaCCS).  

This is a system that allows the recording and sharing of a person’s information and their preferences for care at the end-of-life.  It can be accessed and updated 24/7 between all of the key people involved in the individuals care wherever they are in the country.  

It then provides an easily accessible view of the information needed to make sure, where possible, a person’s wishes are carried out at the end of their life.