Do Not Resuscitate? DNACPR and people with learning disabilities

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13 April 2021
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Contact Name: Gemma Allen, Chair
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The Covid-19 pandemic has exposed huge problems with the way Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decisions are made, understood and communicated with people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. There have been reports of unlawful blanket decision-making and of DNACPR orders noted without discussion with the people involved.


In this webinar, we will focus on some of the questions that have been raised over the past year. What exactly is DNACPR? Why are the terms DNR or DNAR unhelpful, confusing and potentially dangerous? In what circumstances is CPR not a good option, and DNACPR therefore appropriate? How should those decisions be made? Who should be involved? What if the person lacks capacity for a DNACPR decision – how can we make decisions based on best interest?


We will hear people’s experiences with DNACPR decisions. Speakers include Baroness Ilora Finlay, Dr Claud Regnard and Dr Kathryn Mannix . Whilst focusing on people with learning disabilities, the webinar will be of wider interest. It will be of relevance to health and social care service providers and professionals on all levels, as well as advocacy groups, families, policy makers and commissioners.

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