Advance Care Planning

16th December 2021

The Department of Health is undertaking a consultation on a draft Advance Care Planning Policy for Adults in Northern Ireland and related Equality Impact Assessment. This policy will provide a framework for Advance Care Planning for adults (aged 18 years and over), focusing on the health and social care aspects.  It has been developed to support a person to have greater choice and control over decisions, including plans for their future care and treatment.  A person’s Advance Care Planning conversations, and any recommendations and/or decisions, will be used should a person become unable to make the relevant decisions for themselves at any point. This may be due to declining health or an unexpected medical emergency. This policy has been developed using a co-production approach with extensive stakeholder engagement and input. We now seek further views on the draft Advance Care Planning policy and Equality Impact Assessment.

Consultation documents and further information: Consultation on the Draft Advance Care Planning Policy for Adults in Northern Ireland and Draft Equality Impact Assessment | Department of Health (

The Patient Client Council facilitated several virtual information sessions in Jan/Feb 2022 to let participants know how they can respond to the consultation.

Registration has now closes for these session. If you have any queries, please contact David Cassidy on or 028 9536 1658