RCM joins calls for roll out of trial project delivering better bereavement care

on 10 May 2019 Bereavement Care Midwives NHS

Today (Friday, 10th May 2019) a report has been published on the National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP), a project to improve the quality of care that bereaved families receive when their baby dies.

The NBCP has been piloted in 32 NHS Trusts in England and charities are calling for it be rolled out nationally. The report has been published by organisations involved in the NBCP led by Sands.

Commenting on the report, Gail Johnson, Education Advisor at the Royal College of Midwives, said: "When a tragedy like this happens it is so important that the bereaved families receive the best care and support possible.

“It is clear that this pathway works and midwives and maternity support workers also appreciate the support this gives them to provide better care for bereaved families. We support the call for this to be introduced in NHS trusts across the country.

"We would like to see the Government and trusts investing in this to ensure all parents get the support they need, and to fund ongoing education and training for midwives and their colleagues.

"It is also important that we strive to reduce the number of baby deaths and to do all we can to prevent these tragedies from happening. England has reduced significantly the numbers of stillbirths and we want to see these continue to fall."

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