Charity aims to help nurses understand advance decisions

A toolkit examining the issues surrounding advance decisions and the refusal of life-sustaining treatment has been produced by charity Dignity in Dying.

The toolkit, which was commissioned by the DoH, is aimed at health professionals and covers areas such as the recent change of law and its practical implications, good practice and caring for patients with advance decisions.

The refusal of treatment section of advance decisions became legally binding after under the 2005 Mental Capacity Act.

Sarah Wootton, chief executive of Dignity in Dying, said that more people were choosing to make advance decisions and it was important that health professionals had a clear understanding of them if they were to be effective.

‘Health professionals have an important role to play in educating the public of the benefits of making an advance decision,' she added

The Toolkit is available to download from: 

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