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Next of Kin: Understanding decision making authorities

Wednesday 24 August 2016 10.30am

The term ‘Next of Kin’ is often used in Health and Social Care as a euphemistic shorthand for ‘Who is the person we communicate with about you and who do we contact when you are dead?’

In law the term has no status when you are alive - it is misleading too because it does not clarify if this is the person who is your nearest relative or the person most important to you. Indeed, these are often different people.

Click the link below to download a useful leaflet which explains the subject in more detail.

Next of Kin: Understanding decision making authorities