Our new report, ‘Missed Opportunities’, outlines the vital role Advance Care Planning (ACP) can play in ensuring a dying person’s wishes are met. It explores the barriers to early advance care planning discussions among people approaching the end of life and health and social care professionals.
The individual stories that have been shared in this report show how giving someone genuine choice about how and where they are cared for in their final days can allow them to achieve a ‘good’ death. However, they also reveal how a failure to plan for an individual’s final weeks and days can have numerous and costly consequences.
The report sets out recommendations for governments across the UK to fulfill their existing commitments on ACP and aims to support health and social care professionals to have early ACP conversations.
To achieve a ‘good’ death, however, it is vitally important that we have honest conversations.
Adrienne Betteley, Specialist Adviser for End of Life Care for Macmillan