REDMAP is a 6-step guide to future care planning conversations with people whose health is deteriorating, and their families.

REDMAP was developed by Dr Kirsty Boyd, Reader in Palliative Care, The University of Edinburgh.

REDMAP uses evidence-based communication approaches:
Ekberg et al, 2021 

REDMAP framework

REDMAP Framework Sept 2021 (pdf)

e-REDMAP framework (webpage)

REDMAP: Community 

Anticipatory Care Planning (ACP) in the Community (REDMAP handout) – April 2022 (pdf)
e-REDMAP: Care planning in the Community (webpage)

REDMAP: Hospitals

Anticipatory Care Planning (ACP) in Hospital (REDMAP handout) – April 2022 (pdf)

Key Steps for Care Planning in Hospital (pdf)


Anticipatory Care Planning (ACP) with ReSPECT (REDMAP handout) – April 2022 (pdf)
(Developed for NHS Scotland Digital ReSPECT and NHS Education for Scotland)

Other resources

ACP Prompt Cards – Oct 2021 (pdf)
[Download a copy or use as slides for teaching.]

Healthcare Improvement Scotland (HIS)
ACP Toolkit
Meaningful Conversations about ACP

NHS Education for Scotland (NES) – ACP training
Having realistic conversations
Anticipatory care planning with REDMAP

NHS Inform Scotland
Public information about ACP
ACP video (Thinking & Planning Ahead)

Using RED-MAP Video – April 2020
[Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow

Talking with people by phone (pdf)

DECIDE model

DECIDE Poster – Sept 2021 (pdf)
[Developed with NHS Education for Scotland.]
Shared decision making using DECIDE (handout) – April 2022 (pdf)

Realistic conversations – education videos

  • NHS Inform public information – ACP video (Thinking & Planning Ahead)
  • NHS GGC (Greater Glasgow & Clyde): Realistic conversations about Treatment Escalation Plans (TEPs)
    – video for hospital clinicians involved in discussions with patients and their families about future care using TEPs and the RED-MAP Framework.
    Dr McNally talks with Malcolm who has pneumonia. (View video on u-tube)
  • NHS Education for Scotland (NES): Shared decision making in practice
    – online module available via TURAS (includes principles of SDM, talking about risk and the DECIDE model.) Access via Realistic Medicine resources
  • Building on the Best Programme (funded by Macmillan): communication training webinar for ICU nursing staff.
    Talking about serious injury and end-of-life decision making