Future Care Planning


Future care planning (formerly anticipatory care planning) is a person-centred, proactive approach to help people consider what is important to them and plan for their future care.

Future care planning involves conversations between individuals, their families, carers, and professionals. It helps people communicate goals and preferences, and gives them opportunities to consider realistic options and plan for future changes in their health and care that can be recorded, shared and reviewed.

Future care planning is often discussed and delivered in Primary Care settings. Our Future Care Planning Toolkit has information, resources and tools that supports this delivery. 


Future Care Planning Toolkit

Future Care Planning is about individual people thinking ahead and understanding their health. The Healthcare Improvement Scotland Future Care Planning Toolkit empowers and enables people to plan their care.

Please note that until September 2023 future care planning was referred to as anticipatory care planning (ACP). Some website resources produced before this date retain the language of ACP but remain useful and relevant for those working on future care planning.