Anticipatory care planning

The Long Term Conditions Team works in partnership with health and social care teams and voluntary organisations to support people living with long term conditions to think ahead about what matters to them. This is called Anticipatory Care Planning.

Making a plan

If you provide care for a loved one you might find it helpful to think ahead about your own care and treatment and what alternatives are available for the care you provide. Anticipatory care planning helps you to think about and share details of who should be contacted if you are not able to provide care and how to make alternative care arrangements.

Contact your GP or speak to a health and social care professional who knows your situation if you’d like to start making a plan.

When you are making your care plan, you might want to think about a number of things.

Who matters to me?

  • Family
  • Friends
  • Other people who support me
  • People who can help me

What matters to me? 

  • Decisions about my care, my treatments and medicines

Where I would like to be when I am unwell?

  • What I would like and do not want

Why does this matter to me?   

  • I am able to tell people my views and be listened to by health and care professionals
  • I am taking part in decisions about me
  • I have a shared understanding about my health and care with people who support and care for me.

If you would like to discuss your plan you can speak with a GP or Practice Nurse, or with a health or social care professional who knows you and your situation.

Your care plan is about you, your health and how you want to be treated if you become unwell. Your GP practice can create a secure record used by professionals if people need urgent care, called a Key Information Summary (KIS). This allows your voice to be heard and your planned care and treatment preferences shared with professionals.  The Frequently Asked Questions Summary on the Key Information Summary (KIS) provides more information if you’d like to know more.

Making a plan for carers

If you provide care (paid or unpaid) for a loved one you might find it helpful to think ahead about your own care and treatment and what alternatives are available for the care you provide.

Anticipatory care planning helps you to think about and share details of who should be contacted if you are not able to provide care and how to make alternative care arrangements.

If you are an unpaid carer and would like support to make a care plan you can contact: