Advance care planning

Good palliative care is deeply meaningful work as it is our last chance to do right by our patients. We all suffer when we get it wrong.

As a health and social care professional you play a crucial role in supporting patients to consider their end of life wishes. By facilitating and recording these important conversations you can help to reduce the number of end of life crisis – distressing and resource intensive emergencies, and improve staff morale and patient care.

Below are some resources to help plan and facilitate these conversations.

Information for your patients

ReSPECT information

The BSW ICB website has a wealth of ReSPECT information and resources. Please access it here.

ReSPECT plan explained

Download here.

ReSPECT specimen plan for patients

Download here.


ReSPECT specimen plan for families

Download here.

RUH: What Matters To You

The following people in this video have shared their stories about having ‘What Matters To You’ conversations with their loved ones. Please click the play button on the video or watch the video here.

Having conversations

Resources: What Matters To You toolkit

Visit the What Matters To You website here to download their toolkit of resources.

NHS: The Conversation Project

In this video, The Conversation Project share insights and experiences of healthcare professionals who have planning ahead conversations with patients and their click the play button on the video or watch the video here.

NHS: The Conversation Project Keycards

Good conversations support good end of life care. Here you can download conversation keycards to support with end of life conversations with patients and their families. Download the keycards here.


What Matters To You: Planning Ahead poster

Download poster here.

NHS: Advanced Care Planning Ahead Charter

Visit the Advanced Care Planning Ahead Charter here.