Universal Principles for Advance Care Planning

17 March 2022

The Universal Principles for Advance Care Planning have been jointly published by the Government in conjunction with 27 partner organisations.

Deborah Rozansky, Head of Policy, Research and Information at the Social Care Institute for Excellence says:

SCIE is promoting the Universal Principles for Advance Care Planning because we believe strongly that people should be supported in a consistent way when making choices about their care, including when planning for end-of-life needs. People should feel confident that their end-of-life care and treatment will reflect what matters most to them.

Deborah Rozansky continues:

Many social care professionals support people with life-limiting conditions or approaching the end of their lives. These professionals can play an important role in ensuring good advance care planning is personalised and comprehensive. The six universal principles align well with strengths-based approaches, which are at the core of effective social care practice.

Head of Policy, Research and Information at the Social Care Institute for Excellence, Deborah Rozansky, concludes:

Crucially, we want to encourage people to be supported as partners in their personalised care across the health and social care system. More information about the principles is available through NHS England online and at an upcoming webinar.

Notes

The six principles for advance care planning are focused around:

  • The person being central to the process, including deciding who else to involve
  • Outcomes of the conversations being agreed through shared decision making
  • Documented advance care planning being shareable
  • Opportunity and encouragement to review and revise the plan
  • Ability to speak up if universal principles are not being followed.

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