Deciding Right

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“If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call to make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting?”


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Written by health and social care professionals, Deciding right identifies the triggers for making care decisions in advance, complying with both current national legislation and the latest national guidelines. At its core is the principle of shared decision making to ensure that care decisions are centred on the individual and minimise the likelihood of unnecessary or unwanted treatment.

Deciding right is about

C – Choice and Capacity: The right of individuals to choose their care options now should they lose capacity in the future, or have the right choices made on their behalf if they do not have capacity.

A – Agreement: The right choice comes from shared decision making which is a partnership between two experts, the individual and the professional.

R – Right documents: Using the same documents in every North of England care setting means that care decisions are centred on the individual, not the organisation.

E – Education: It is important that everyone has the resources to understand and use Deciding right.

Download the Deciding Right document here