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NMC publishes joint statement on advance care planning

15 April 2020

Andrea Sutcliffe CBE, Chief Executive and Registrar at the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), said:

“In recent weeks I have been disturbed by reports of blanket do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation (DNACPR) orders being applied to groups of people without their involvement or any individual assessment of their needs. This is completely unacceptable.

“We know the best care is person-centred and tailored to people’s individual needs.  We also know health and care professionals are working under incredible pressure as they respond to the Covid19 pandemic, often making rapid decisions in very complex situations.

“That’s why it is so important for health and care professionals to work together with the people they are caring for, and those close to them, to understand their wishes and preferences when it comes to plans for their care. We have joined with the General Medical Council to emphasise this in our statement today.   

“These are difficult conversations at any time but especially now. I am confident that handled with the skill and compassion our nursing and midwifery professionals show every day, those conversations will mean the rights and wishes of people using health and care services are understood, respected and honoured.”