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Advance Care Planning

This section explains what Advance Care Planning is and how to make an Advance Care Plan. The information applies to people living in England and Wales. 

What is Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning is the process of discussing your preferences and wishes about future treatment and care with those close to you and your healthcare team. This may include:

  • talking about where you want to be cared for
  • identifying the people you’d like to be consulted about your care
  • making treatment decisions in advance

Advance Care Planning helps health and care professionals, and those close to you, to understand how you want to be cared for if you become too ill to make decisions or speak for yourself. You can also formally document your wishes as part of this process in an Advance Care Plan.

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Planning ahead in Scotland and Northern Ireland

There are different laws that help people make decisions about medical treatment or care in Scotland and Northern Ireland.