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Advance Care Planning

These resources have been developed to support a collaborative approach to advance care planning.

Good conversations support good end of life care.

'Every person deserves the opportunity to plan for a time of deteriorating health and end of life'
—  NHS constitution 2015  
'Everybody should have the opportunity for honest and well-informed conversations about dying, death and bereavement'
—  Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care 2015  

Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a process of discussion between a health care professional and a patient about their future care needs. It helps patients and their families establish their priorities in end of life care in anticipation or recognition of their deterioration. The discussion should be documented, reviewed regularly and communicated to key people involved in their care.

The main goal is to clarify peoples' wishes, needs and preferences and deliver care to meet these needs.

'Advance care planning is a process that supports adults at any age or stage of health in understanding and sharing their personal values, life goals, and preferences regarding future medical care. The goal of advance care planning is to help ensure that people receive medical care that is consistent with their values, goals and preferences during serious and chronic illness.'

—  International Consensus Definition of Advance Care Planning (Sudore et al 2017)  

Advance Care Planning is:

Advance Care Planning discussions can support:

The NHS website information on planning ahead:

NICE Quality Standard 2017, NICE Guidance 2015

People approaching the end of life and their families and carers are communicated with, and offered information, in an accessible and sensitive way in response to their needs and preferences.

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