Tuesday 29th September 2015
Mac Voice, the magazine for Macmillan professionals: Autumn 2015
New training is available to help you support people in planning ahead, making choices about their future care and putting their affairs in order
A new advance care planning e-learning toolkit for professionals is now available on Learn Zone.
What is advance care planning?
Advance care planning is a voluntary process of discussion, planning and review between a person, those close to them and their care provider.
The aim is to help the person plan ahead for a time when their health may change and they may lose capacity to make decisions or communicate their wishes to others.
It differs from general care planning because it’s about making a person’s wishes clear before an anticipated deterioration in their condition.
What the toolkit explores
The e-learning toolkit aims to help you feel more confident and better equipped to support people in your care to make advance care plans. It contains video clips, PowerPoint presentations, case studies, reflective elements, tasks, and links to further information and resources.
The toolkit explores:
- the benefits and barriers of advance care planning
- your role in the process
- how you can start a conversation on advance care planning and support someone in discussing what’s important to them
- the different ways a person can plan ahead for their future care
- the legalities of advance care planning and how these differ across the UK.
We also have a video which gives an overview of advance care planning. You may find it useful to watch the video with the person you support. You can also direct them to our nation-specific information booklet called Your life and your choices: plan ahead.
If you have any feedback on the video, please email Anne McGee, Macmillan End Of Life Project Manager.