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.
Lambeth Advance Care Planning Consortium offers free, one-to-one support to help people make an advance care plan. The service is especially for:
- Informal/unpaid carers
- people living with dementia
- people with learning disabilities
- people with multiple long-term conditions
Please note that due to coronavirus, we are currently providing one-to-one support by telephone only.
You can ask for help from this service using Age UK Lambeth’s MyCommunity Lambeth referral form (previously called the Safe and Independent Living service, or SAIL.)
How to request support from the Consortium
- Fill out a MyCommunity Lambeth referral form (tick the ‘Advance Care Planning Conversations’ box in the Support section)
- Or give the MyCommunity Lambeth team a call
0207 346 6800
Compassion in Dying also offers free help to anyone wishing to develop your own advance care plan:
Compassion in Dying is a national charity working 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 planning ahead for future care.
Contact them at
free information line 0800 999 2434 (11am-3pm Monday-Friday)
Advance care planning tools
Here are three key ways to help you record your future care wishes.
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.
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.
About the Lambeth Advance Care Planning (ACP) 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, Carers Hub Lambeth, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust, Lambeth Council Safeguarding Adults Team, Lambeth Learning Disability Assembly, Neighbourhood and Wellbeing Alliance (part of Lambeth Together), Lambeth Patient Participation Group Network, , NHS Lambeth Clinical Commissioning Group, South London and Maudsley NHS Trust, St Christopher’s Hospice, and Stockwell Partnership.
To find out more about the consortium, contact Kate at Healthwatch
020 7095 5764