The UK Rules
Health and Welfare Attorneys

Health and Welfare Power of Attorney UK

The lasting power of attorney for health and welfare has a specific role. Using this LPA grants authority to chosen people to help with decisions on medical care and daily routine.

As a health and welfare attorney, your main duties are helping to look after medical matters for the donor.

Your responsibilities can also extend to make, or help the donor to make, decisions about refusing or consenting to treatment.

For example, you would be assisting with decisions about common health matters such as:

As a rule, you will be able to spend the donor's money on certain things to help maintain or improve their quality of life. Typical examples include:

Note: You may need to get the money from the person (or persons) who are in charge of the donor's funds (e.g. a financial affairs attorney).

Refusing or Consenting to Medical Treatment

The lasting power of attorney (LPA) may provide instructions on whether you can refuse or consent to treatment for the donor. If so, you would need to:

Note: It is not always possible for you to make decisions about the medical treatment for the donor. It could be out of your control if the donor made a living will or they got sectioned.

If there is a Living Will (advance decisions)

A 'living will' is a legal statement used to make advanced decisions about dying. The donor may have made one stating which medical treatments they do not wish to receive. In this case, you must give the living will and the LPA to the care staff.

Note: You can read further guidance about advance decisions and end of life care on the NHS Choices website.


Lasting Power of Attorney | A section explaining the duties, obligations, and the responsibilities of LPA.

Start Acting as an Attorney | Checks you need to make before you start making decisions for the donor.

Applying for One Off Decisions

You can apply for a one-off decision from the Court of Protection when making decisions about a certain kind of medical treatment if:

Lasting Power of Attorney for Health and Welfare Guide for United Kingdom