Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR)

Respecting and protecting the rights and wishes of people.

Advance care planning helps people to have a good end of life experience by respecting the persons treatment and support preferences. Part of this plan may include a Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) decision which means the person does not want cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) if their heart or breathing stops.

Decisions and good practice

We’ve developed a range of guidance and best practice resources to support the social care workforce use DNACPRs to support people’s treatment and support preferences when they become ill. These resources also support some of the key findings and recommendations from the Care Quality Commission’s report Protect Respect and Connect.

When should a DNACPR be put in place and used?

An introduction to DNACPR and how it aims to support social care staff through the DNACPR process.

Advance care planning and end of life care

Find out what cardiopulmonary resuscitation is and when a person might want to make a DNACPR decision. Best practice in having conversations, recording what’s been discussed and how decisions are made when a person lacks capacity to make a decision about cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

CQC report

The Care Quality Commission’s review is about the use of DNACPR decisions during the OVID-19 pandemic. 

Admission to hospital

Find out what happens to a DNACPR form when a person is admitted to hospital, what care and support workers should be aware of if they’re supporting someone in hospital. 

Managing, monitoring and reviewing 

Learn how and when to review or change DNACPR decisions. Good practice examples: tools and resources; training and support for care staff. 

People's rights to equal treatment

Advocating for people, checking details and when to challenge DNACPR decisions. 


Additional Resources