Understanding Advance Care Planning

Understand Advance Care Planning
Level 3:
Credit Value: 3

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Understanding the principles of advance care planning
Many people, by the time they reach the end of their lives, have multiple conditions and complex needs that require a proactive, coordinated response. Making appropriate plans to meet a person’s changing needs and aid timely transitions to end of life care are critical components of the quality improvement process in health and social care. The process of planning often involves multi-disciplinary teams working across local health, social care and voluntary sector services and an on-going dialogue with a person and those close to them about how to meet their current needs and those that can be anticipated in the future. Meeting the current needs require the preparation of care plans, whereas meeting the future needs is covered by the preparation of an advance care plan (ACP).

A care plan (sometimes known as a ‘support plan’) documents the care and treatment actions necessary to meet a person’s needs, preferences and goals of care. These must have been agreed with the person receiving care or by those acting in the person’s best interests. Where care plans are made for someone who lacks capacity to participate in care planning, they may include reference to an...