Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is a voluntary process, which puts the patient in control by enabling their choices to be recorded. It promotes discussion and review that aims to help patients make decisions about future care and to guide care if the patient was to lose capacity.

Advance Statement of Wishes

  • Must be made when a person has capacity
  • Written by patient or for them with their agreement
  • A record of individual wishes, feelings, values and beliefs
  • It is not legally binding however once a patient loses capacity you are legally bound to take this into account when a best interest decision is made.
  • Examples preferred place of care

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Advance Care Planning (ACP) is a voluntary process of discussion and review to help an individual who has capacity to anticipate how their condition may affect them in the future, if they wish, choices about their care and treatment can be recorded and/or they can make an Advance Decision to Refuse a Treatment (ADRT) in specific circumstances.

It is recommended that an individual Advance Care Plan for End of Life be offered at the point when a person is believe to be in the last year of life. Advance Care Planning is an integral part of the individualised care planning process. Not everyone will wish to make such records: if this is the case, professionals should still document this information. Less formally, a person may wish to name someone whom they wish to be consulted if they lose capacity.


Available Documents
[icon name=icon-download-alt] Bassetlaw Advance Care Planning Discussion
[icon name=icon-download-alt] Advance Care Planning – Nottinghamshire 2017
[icon name=icon-download-alt] Clinician Guidance ACP

Related Pages
Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment (ADRT) [icon name=icon-circle-arrow-right]
Lasting Power of Attorney [icon name=icon-circle-arrow-right]
Independent Mental Capacity Advocates [icon name=icon-circle-arrow-right]