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Talk to us about Advance Care Planning for end of life

18 July 2017

Healthwatch Essex – the independent charity that listens to and represents the voice of users of health and social care in Essex – is planning a study on Advance Care Planning (ACP) for end of life in Essex and we would like to hear from you about your experiences and views.

“We’re really keen to get the views of people who understand what differences can be achieved by thinking ahead and making plans around end of life care,” explained Dr David Sollis, Engagement Manager at Healthwatch Essex, who takes over the post of Chief Executive in a fortnight’s time.

“It’s tough for any of us to face the prospect of death, but for those who have limited time it can be really beneficial to talk through the process and make plans for what are likely to be some inevitable and difficult decisions ahead.”

We know that planning ahead can improve the end of life experience for people and that they are more likely to receive the treatment and care of their choice.

However, engaging in the planning process can be awkward for recipients of care, their families and health care professionals adding up to the fact that participation in ACP is poor.

Have you had experience of advance care planning for end of life as a patient, a family member or as a healthcare professional? Or are you interested in finding out more about what ACP may involve? Then please do join us for an informal meeting so that we can include your perspectives in our plans.

We will be holding a focus group meeting on Thursday July 27th between 5.30pm and 7pm at our Healthwatch Essex offices – RCCE House, Threshelfords Business Park, Inworth Road, Feering, Essex, CO5 9SE.

Refreshments will be provided and reasonable travel expenses can be refunded.

RSVP Oonagh Corrigan at Healthwatch Essex on oonagh.corrigan@healthwatchessex.org.uk