Advance Care Planning

Course ID: 238

Suitable for: Macmillan Professionals

Duration: 7-8 hours
Format: E-Learning
Level: Foundation
Focusing on core knowledge and skills, and looking at how to apply some of the learning in your workplace.

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Explore when and how to start conversations; how you can help someone discuss what's important to them and help them plan ahead for their future care.

Who is the toolkit for?

Generalists caring for people with progressive illnesses and those reaching the end stage of their lives.

What's in it?

A range of topics which include reflective elements, video clips, tasks and useful web links to help with your learning. These are:

  • The process and benefits and barriers of Advance Care Planning
  • Advance and Anticipatory Care planning in Scotland
  • Advance Care Planning Conversations
  • The Legal Framework of Advance Care Planning
  • Advance Care Planning Outcomes
    • Making an Advance Statement of person's wishes and preferences for their care
    • Creating a Power of Attorney
    • Making an Advance Decision to Refuse Treatment
  • Other Ways to Plan Ahead
    • Making a Will
    • Funeral Planning
    • Organ, Tissue and Other Types of Donation

Course Audience

Any Macmillan professional caring for people with progressive illnesses or those reaching end of life.


Special thanks to:

  • Suzanne Nimmo, Macmillan Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Edinburgh, Napier University
  • Karen Campbell, Macmillan Senior Lecturer in Cancer Nursing, Edinburgh, Napier University
  • Elaine Bramhall, Director, Effective Communication Matters (ECM).