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Northern Ireland residents urged to look to the future

Post Date: 20 October 2022

Northern Ireland Health Minister Robin Swann has encouraged adults in the country to have conversations about what matters to them for their future.

The Minister was speaking following the publication of "For Now and For the Future – An Advance Care Planning Policy for Adults in Northern Ireland".

"Advance Care Planning" is a term covering personal, legal, clinical, and financial planning. It helps a person to think about what matters to them now and for the future, and to make choices that reflect this.

The Minister said: “Advance Care Planning is about people having the opportunity to have conversations with those important to them, and those who provide care, support or treatment."

He added: “Clarifying your wishes, feelings, beliefs and values, can inform future care, providing peace of mind and reducing the potential for confusion or conflict. However, it can also support an enhanced quality of life now as people at any stage of life have the opportunity to talk about what matters to them. I would encourage everyone not only to read the policy document, but to act upon it."

An e-learning programme has been created to provide information on Advance Care Planning for:

  • members of the public
  • the voluntary and community sector
  • all health and social care staff

The e-learning module can be accessed through the NI Department of Health website.

Read the full press release on the Department of Health Northern Ireland website.

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