Primary Palliative Care Research Group

4-ACP study: Anticipatory care planning in primary care for people living at home or in a care home

4-ACP study project page with information and resources for participants

4-ACP research team
Research team: Anne Canny, Kirsty Boyd, Bruce Mason

Welcome to 4-ACP

Project title: Implementation and evaluation of an integrated care planning and care coordination intervention in primary care for people living at home or in a care home at risk of deteriorating or dying: mixed-method study across Scotland.

 Outline: GP practices in 4 Health Boards are taking part in case studies. 

  • NHS Forth Valley
  • NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde
  • NHS Lothian
  • NHS Highland

Aim: Improve anticipatory care planning (ACP) in Scotland by using national resources for professionals and the public to support primary care teams and care home staff in helping people be more prepared for future changes in their health by planning ahead with their health and care team.

Project team: Principal Investigator is Kirsty Boyd (Reader in Palliative Care); Bruce Mason (  and Anne Canny are our researchers.  


Image of 4ACP poster and ACP prompt cards

ACP resources for professionals

Healthcare Improvement Scotland - ACP Toolkit for professionals (webpage)

Downloadable version of the Scottish ACP prompt cards for professionals (pdf) [Printed copies of the ACP prompt cards are available: please contact us or your local lead GP.]

Downloadable version of the REDMAP framework for ACP conversations (pdf)

SPICT (Supportive & Palliative Care Indicators Tool): e-SPICT or visit SPICT website

REDMAP-ACQ: Talking about care planning - Care Home Residents or Relatives & Friends

ACP resources for patients & families

ACP video for patients and families

NHS Inform - Anticipatory Care Planning (Thinking ahead) (webpage; share or print)

NHS Inform - Talking about your care (webpage; share or print)

NHS Inform - Decisions about CPR (webpage; share or print)

Research documents