ACP is a person-centred, proactive approach to help people consider what is important to them and plan for their future care. Planning ahead can help people feel more in control and able to manage any changes in their health and wellbeing. People should be offered opportunities to take part in care planning and receive information about its benefits. ACP helps people communicate values, goals and preferences. It supports them to consider realistic options and plan for future changes in their health and care that can be recorded, shared and reviewed.
Thinking ahead about ‘what matters to me’ is relevant at any age or stage of life. ACP is particularly beneficial for those:
A crucial aspect of the ACP process is the conversations that take place with the person and their family about what matters to them if their health changes, and options available to support them. The Meaningful Conversations section of the Healthcare Improvement Scotland ACP toolkit highlights this. ACP prompt cards for professionals are available.
This toolkit contains all the resources needed for experienced facilitators to run an interactive, online ACP conversation masterclass using the REDMAP framework. It contains a detailed running order and script for the session, facilitator notes, and handouts for participants plus example clinical scenarios. Facilitators are encouraged to adapt the scenario to the learning needs of their participants. The toolkit can also be used for in-person training.
There is a minimum of 4 roles required to run this masterclass:
Downloadable Toolkit contains:
This ACP in the community (REDMAP) training resource was developed by senior clinicians and educators from NES, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, NHS Lothian and NHS Forth Valley, The University of Edinburgh and EC4H.