Advance Care Planning

Thinking ahead about how you would like to be cared for at the end of your life or if

you were unable to express your wishes.

About advance care planning

Advance care planning involves considering and recording your wishes for how you would like to be treated and cared for at the end of your life, or if you could no longer communicate or make your own decisions.

It gives you an opportunity to identify what care you would like, as well as any treatments you may not want to receive in certain situations.

Why it is important

Thinking, talking about and recording what it is important to you will help make sure that family, friends and professionals understand what you want and respect your wishes.

It can also give you and your loved ones peace of mind, enabling you to live well and get the most out of life. Planning now can make a stressful time later easier for you and those around you.

You can create an advance care plan at any time. It’s not just for people nearing the end of their life.


Advance care planning tools

Here are three key ways to help you record your future care wishes.

Advance Statement

An Advance Statement allows you to record anything that’s important to you such as your care preferences, feelings, beliefs and values, in case you later become unable to make or communicate decisions for yourself. Legally, health and care professionals do not have to follow your exact instructions, however your advance statement must be taken into account when a decision is being made on your behalf.

Advance Decision

An Advance Decision allows you to write down any medical treatments that you do not want to have in the future, in case you later become unable to make or communicate decisions for yourself. It is also sometimes called a Living Will or an Advance Directive. An advance decision is legally binding, so health and care professionals have to follow it.

Appointing a Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare

A Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare (LPA) allows you to give someone you trust the legal power to make decisions about your health and personal welfare on your behalf, in case you later become unable to make decisions for yourself. This can include the type of care you receive, refusing treatment and day-to-day things like your diet and daily routine.

Find out more about these tools from the organisations in the Getting Help section

Getting help

These organisations offer free help to develop your own advance care plan:

Compassion in Dying: Free information line 0800 999 2434 and information and resources

Compassion in Dying works to inform and empower people to exercise their rights and choices around end-of-life care. They can answer any questions you may have around your rights around planning ahead for future healthcare.

Ask Erwin is a Lambeth based organisation that provides information and support around Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA). They have an information service and provide LPA guided support workshops. For further information phone: 020 7564 8760 or email:

Lambeth Safe and Independent Living (SAIL), tel no: 0207 346 6800 email:

SAIL is a multi-agency referral scheme that can help you access the support you need, connect you with local services and help you maintain your independence, safety and wellbeing. For example, they can put you in touch with cancer support groups, counselling services and advice on where to go for funeral planning help.

Lambeth Carers Hub , Phone: 0207 5018974 email:

Carers Hub legal clinic offers carers 30mins free legal advice with a qualified solicitor. You can discuss Power of Attorney, Court of Protection and Wills & Probate. The appointments are either face to face at 336 Brixton Road or over the phone if the carer has issues getting to our offices. The clinic is monthly, generally on the third Wednesday between 5 & 7pm. Appointments are booked in advance, it is not a drop in.

About the Lambeth Advance Care Planning Consortium

This consortium brings together a range of local organisations that are working to promote advance care planning across Lambeth.

The consortium is an open network of organisations and the current members include: Action on Elder Abuse, Age UK Lambeth, Ask Erwin, Alzheimer’s Society, Compassion in Dying, Healthwatch Lambeth, Lambeth Carers Hub, Lambeth Council Safeguarding Adults Team, Lambeth Local Care Networks, Lambeth Patient Participation Group Network, Lambeth Portuguese Wellbeing Project, NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group.

To find out more about the consortium, contact Kate at Healthwatch on: 020 7095 5764, email: