If you have a long term health condition, making an anticipatory care plan can help you get back in control over what's important to you.


Anticipatory care planning (ACP) means that health and care practitioners work with people and their carers to ensure that the right thing is done at the right time by the right person

It's about working with you and people close to you to help you understand

  • what services are available
  • how to use the healthcare system well
  • your condition

By having the right conversations with your healthcare team you can make informed choices about the type of care you want to receive. This allows you to highlight what’s important to you and understand how you can help yourself.

Your plan is a record of these conversations. It sets out your needs and wishes and the outcomes you want to achieve.

Having a plan gives me a huge sense of relief.

Fiona Cregan (Carer and ACP service user)

ACP Matters 2017 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UkIQTUpbwbU)

Watch the ACP Matters 2017 video to find out how anticipatory care planning is changing lives across Scotland.

ACP app

The ACP app has been developed to help people with long term conditions plan their care. It enables you to:

  • create and update your plan
  • create a daily diary of how you're feeling
  • create a calendar of medical appointments

Once complete, you can also email your plan to members of your healthcare team, such as your GP.

Watch the ACP app video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AqoxE7Gg2Fw)

Find out about the features of the ACP app in this video.

ACP app for Android devices

Download the 'Let's think ahead' ACP app for Android devices.
ACP app for Android devices

ACP app for Apple devices

Download the 'Let's think ahead' ACP app for Apple devices.
ACP app at Apple Store

Further information

NHS inform: Make an anticipatory care plan

Read NHS inform's article on anticipatory care planning
Make an anticipatory care plan


Visit Healthcare Improvement Scotland's anticipatory care planning toolkit.