Advancing Illness

Actions for Professional Consideration

  • The person, and those identified to be important to them should be involved in decisions about treatment and care e.g. DNACPR to the extent that the person with the illness wants
  • Decisions should be made, and actions taken in accordance with the persons needs and wishes, and these should be regularly reviewed and decisions revised accordingly
  • Where a person is unable to be involved and/or make a decision for themselves, a best interests process should ALWAYS be followed in accordance with the Mental Capacity Act
  • The needs of the family, informal carers and those important to the patient should be actively explored, respected and met as far as reasonable and practical
  • Consideration should be made regarding the involvement of appropriate local Palliative and End of Life Care Services that may offer varied forms of support to the person and those important to them