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Anticipatory Care Planning in sharp focus

Published: Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Anticipatory Care Planning in sharp focus

Jean Donaldson, Associate Director of Nursing of SLHSCP focuses on Anticipatory Care Planning in a national blog.

Anticipatory Care Planning is a person-centred, “thinking ahead” approach, where individuals and their carers are encouraged and supported to set agreed personal goals to ensure that the right thing is done, at the right time, by the right person, to achieve the right outcome. 
NHS Lanarkshire and partners have been delivering an education and awareness programme with staff throughout acute and community settings, including care homes over the past few years to promote and encourage Anticipatory Care Planning. The aim is to invite and encourage people with a long- term condition to consider what they want as part of their treatment and ongoing care and to record that in an Anticipatory Care Plan which they can share with healthcare providers. This can range from a self-management plan through to end-of-life care.
This planning enables meaningful discussion and relevant recording of future healthcare wishes and preferences before any deterioration of health.  Anticipatory Care Planning gives people the opportunity to make informed choices about their own health and wellbeing and discuss any concerns with those close to them or involved in their care. Jean Donaldson, Associate Director of Nursing, South Lanarkshire Health & Social Care Partnership posted the following blog on Anticipatory Care Planning on Care Opinion. Read more here.

If you have a long term condition and consider an Anticipatory Care Plan to be right for you, or if you’d like more information please speak to your doctor or nurse.  You can find out more about ACP and Power of Attorney via this link: