Advance Care Plan

"Advance Care planning is a key means of improving care for people nearing the end of life and of enabling better planning and provision of care, to help them live well and die well in the place and the manner of their choosing" (Gold Standards Framework)

Making a Will is something we all think about at significant stages of our lives but how many of us would think about creating an Advance Care Plan?

A key focus of the Practice Development Team’s work is Advance Care Planning.  None of us know exactly how our health and abilities might change in the future and even though we cannot see into the future, we might have some ideas about the sort of help and care we would or would not want.

Planning ahead, using an Advance Care Plan, gives you the opportunity to think about, talk about and write down your wishes, preferences and priorities for your care. This will give everyone a clear idea of the things that are important to you, if there comes a time when you cannot express your wishes and preferences yourself.

The Practice Development Team teaches many different healthcare professionals about Advance Care Planning including nurses, doctors, carers and students.  Amanda and her team would also like to talk to the public about Advance Care Planning, to try to spread the word about this really important topic.

Many people welcome the opportunity to take control of their care at a really difficult time through completing an Advance Care Plan:

Writing my Advance Care Plan was the final gift I could give to my daughters….they don’t  need to have the burden of making decisions about me when I can’t speak for myself…my plan will tell them what I want

To get a copy of the Northamptonshire Advance Care Planning booklet:


Telephone: 0800 9178504

Or download it by clicking the button below:

Download an Advance Care Plan

Download the Advance Care Plan supporting leaflet







Easy read Advance Care Plan

We also have an easy read version of the plan with the aim to improve the outcomes of people with learning disabilities at the end of their lives to allow them to die with dignity and choice.

Download an Easy Read version of the Advance Care Plan

Download the Easy Read Advance Care Plan supporting leaflet

We also have a supporting leaflet to help you complete the plan which you can download here 

Hard copies of both versions of the booklet and supporting leaflet can be obtained from the Patient Advice and Liaison Service team at Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust on 0800 917 8504 or email

For more information regarding Advance Care Planning:


Telephone: 0800 9992434



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