New guide: Advance Care Planning for people with dementia
NHS England has launched a new guide: “My future wishes: Advance Care Planning (ACP) for people with dementia in all care settings”
The idea for this guide emerged from a workshop NHS England held in June 2017. It has been developed with input from a diverse range of stakeholders. Contributors include carers of people diagnosed with dementia, health and social care professionals, NHS Foundation Trusts, charities, hospices and care homes. Stakeholder input has been embedded in this guidance to ensure an inclusive, personalised approach for people living with dementia that is responsive to their needs and preferences.
The guide provides signposting, information and support for colleagues in health, social and community care settings, around advance care planning for people living with dementia. It identifies key actions from the point of an initial diagnosis of dementia through to the advanced condition, in order to highlight and prompt best practice irrespective of care setting. It also considers situations where it has not been possible to initiate an ACP / future wishes conversation early and provides some tips on how to manage this.
The aim of this resource is to help practitioners, providers and health and social care commissioners:
- create opportunities for people living with dementia to develop an ACP through initiating and / or opening up conversations;
- ensure advance care planning is fully embedded in wider inclusive, personalised care and support planning for dementia; and
- ensure people living with dementia have the same equal opportunities as those diagnosed with other life limiting conditions / diseases, in terms of accessing palliative care services / support.
The guide also sets out information and resources around ACP that are already in use at a local level.
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