What is this site for?

This site helps you define and record your care priorities for the future. This means healthcare professionals can use what you put in your plan as a guide for how best to care for you. We call this an Advance Care Plan.

What is an Advance Care Plan?

There are several sections to an Advance Care Plan but they break down into two main documents:

  1. An Advance Statement which lets you record things that are important to you when thinking about your health, care and wellbeing.

  2. An Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment lets you record any medical treatments that you don't want to be given.

Will healthcare professionals read my plan?

Healthcare professionals use your plans as a guide. It also helps guide family members and reassures them that the care is correctly tailored to your wishes. Also, the Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment is legally binding in England and Wales. If you live in Scotland, they are called Advance Directives but are also legally binding (and you can still use our service).

What happens when I fill in my plan?

For many postcodes, most of it can be done online. It can then be shared with your GP on email - you will need to ask your GP for their email address to do this. They will then view and approve it and attach it to your health care record in their IT system where it can be made available within the NHS (so your GP, hospital, 111 and the ambulance service will be able to see information from it). You should probably make an appointment with them to discuss it and get them to approve it.

For some postcodes, you will need to print off the plan and give it to your GP to enter manually into their IT system. You also need to print off the Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment and get it signed by a witness. It's not legally binding until you've done this. Your GP will then scan it and upload it to their system.

Who can make an Advance Decision to refuse treatment?

Anyone with mental capacity over the age of 18 in England and Wales (or over 16 in Scotland).