Advance Care Planning Policy - PHASE II Stakeholder Engagement Invitation 24th June 2021

14 Jun 2021 Kathy Maguire    Last updated: 23 Jun 2021

On the 24th June the Department for Health, in partnership with NICVA will host an engagement event for stakeholders across the community and voluntary sector on the development of an Advance Care Planning Policy for Adults in NI.  

Introduction

The Minister for Health has approved the development of an Advance Care Planning Policy for adults (18 years and over) in Northern Ireland.  As part of the policy development process, initial early stakeholder engagement on a draft Advance Care Planning policy document took place between December 2020 and February 2021.

During this time, the Advance Care Planning Programme Team held 40 engagement sessions involving 226 individuals from across a wide range of sectors and organisations including carers and service users. In addition, further written commentary on the draft policy was received. The comprehensive feedback provided has been analysed and has informed a revised draft of the policy document.

The Advance Care Planning Programme team are now seeking further engagement with individuals and stakeholder organisations on the revised draft of the policy document, in advance of a planned Public Consultation later in the year.  

Details of the Event:

In support of this engagement the Advance Care Planning Programme Team will be hosting an online engagement event for community and voluntary sector stakeholders, in partnership with NICVA.

Details of this event are as follows:

  • Date: Thursday 24th June 2021
  • Time: 2 pm– 3.30 pm approx.
  • Via: Online Event via Zoom

The event will last approximately 90mins and will require registration. To register for this event please Click here

During the session the Advance Care Planning Programme team will outline the process to date, and participants will have the opportunity to share their views and respond to questions.

To enable informed engagement, those who register will be provided with;

  • The revised draft Advance Care Planning policy document 
  • Questions for their consideration prior to the webinar. 

Further Events:

This event is one in a series of engagement events being held by the Programme Team. Please see below for dates and registration links for these:

Each session will be based on the same format, will last approximately 90mins and will require registration.

What Is Advance Care Planning?

Advance Care Planning is an umbrella term covering personal, clinical, legal, and financial planning that enables a person to think about their present and plan for their future. It is a voluntary process and helps a person to make known what their wishes, feelings, beliefs, and values are and to make choices that reflect these.

The Advance Care Planning policy is being developed to support a person to have greater choice and control, including in plans for their future care and treatment.

Advance Care Planning is important for all adults, at whatever stage of life. Although Advance Care Planning has traditionally been associated with end-of-life care, it goes beyond this. As well as supporting emergency care decisions, the opportunity it provides to reflect and consider what is important to the person can enhance their quality of life. It may also provide comfort and reassurance to those important to the person.

The Advance Care Planning Policy will provide a framework for Advance Care Planning for adults (aged18 years and over) in Northern Ireland, focusing on the health and social care aspects. 

The policy provides an overview of Advance Care Planning is, and the values and principles that underpin it. 

It sets out why Advance Care Planning is important and how it can help people make timely, realistic and practical plans for their future. 

It encourages these plans to be made in conversation with those who are important to them and/or someone providing care, support or treatment.

It is anticipated that the Draft Advance Care Planning Policy will go out to Public Consultation later in the year.  

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by Kathy Maguire

Policy Development Officer

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