Healthcare Professionals Toolkit

The purpose of this toolkit is to support healthcare professionals’ understanding of Advance Decisions. It looks at:

  • the legal framework for Advance Decisions and explains healthcare professionals’ obligations when caring for someone who lacks capacity;
  • what an Advance Decision is and the criteria one needs to meet;
  • how to support someone to make an Advance Decision;
  • what steps should be followed if a person lacks capacity and has an Advance Decision;
  • challenges that healthcare professionals may face when acting on an Advance Decision and offers
    practical guidance to help overcome them; and
  • the relationship between Advance Decisions and Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare.


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