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


Available Documents
  Bassetlaw Advance Care Planning Discussion
  Advance Care Planning – Nottinghamshire 2017
  Clinician Guidance ACP

Related Pages
Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment (ADRT)  
Lasting Power of Attorney  
Independent Mental Capacity Advocates