Anticipatory Care Planning in the context of COVID-19

We have been working with the Scottish Government to develop a range of resources to support health and social care staff undertake Anticipatory Care Planning (ACP) during COVID-19. These pages bring together a range of resources that have been developed since the outset of the pandemic in March 2020 and include:

  • information on ACP in the context of COVID-19
  • the Essential ACP - a tool to support rapid production and sharing of an ACP during the COVID-19 pandemic, and
  • guidance on developing Anticipatory Care Plans for people with Dementia.

These resources are intended to be used in conjunction with health and social care staff, and are not designed for use by individuals and their families without support and guidance. 


Why is ACP important during the COVID-19 pandemic?

Dr Paul Baughan, GP in NHS Forth Valley and National Clinical Lead with Healthcare Improvement Scotland, explains the importance of care planning conversations for those most vulnerable to infection from COVID-19 in the video below.


Dr Paul Baughan also discusses care planning and DNA-CPR (do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation) in the context of COVID-19 for the Royal College of General Practitioners in this blog.


Essential ACP

The Essential ACP tool was created during the COVID-19 pandemic to document important information about preferences for care and those that should be involved in decisions about care in the event of a serious illness.

  • Word template
  • Online tool - in development

ACP guidance for people with Dementia

This letter from the Chief Medical Officer circulated on 11 September 2020 details guidance on ACP for people with Dementia.


Information and guidance for citizens

You can find further information for citizens on ACP in the context of COVID-19 on the NHS Inform website Coronavirus (COVID-19): Making a plan for your care during the COVID-19 pandemic.


If you have tools or resources that have supported you in preparing for and undertaking ACP, or you want to provide feedback, please get in touch by emailing us at