Latest edition of 'Planning For Your Future Care' published

5 November 2014
The latest edition of 'Planning For Your Future Care', one of our most popular publications, is now available to download and purchase.

The guide was originally published in 2009 with the National End of Life Care Programme, the Dying Matters coalition and the University of Nottingham, and revised in 2012. This new edition, which has been updated and revised for 2014, serves as an easy to read introduction to advance care planning.

The booklet, which is available in six languages, provides a step-by-step guide to the advance care planning process, with the aim of enabling those thinking about the consequences of becoming seriously ill or disabled to record what their preferences and wishes for future care and treatment might be. It explains terms such as ‘lasting power of attorney’ with useful case-study examples, and details the process of planning from opening the conversation, to identifying wishes.

'Planning For Your Future Care' has become one of the key documents a GP practice and associated health and social care professionals can provide a patient with following a terminal diagnosis.

The authors of the booklet urge health and social care professionals to consider how well-equipped they are to deal with the issues raised by advance care planning, including requests to make an advance decision to refuse treatment. If as part of advance care planning people choose to make an advance decision to refuse treatment, the guide recommends that they seek the advice of an experienced healthcare professional. It also explains that, unlike many other aspects of advance care planning, such decisions must be put in writing and signed.

To purchase print copies at just 50p each (which covers our costs), please visit our online shop, where there are also discounts for bulk orders. 'Planning For Your Future Care' is available in Arabic, Bengali, Mandarin Chinese, Polish, Punjabi and Urdu as well as English.

The English language version of 'Planning For Your Future Care' remains freely available to download from the NCPC website.

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