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National Bereavement Care Pathway

3 August, 2017

National Bereavement Care Pathway

New materials, guidelines and training are to be trialled to help improve the care that bereaved parents receive.

A total of 11 sites in England will take part in the trial of The National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP).

These are: Wirral University Teaching Hospital, Liverpool Women’s Hospital Trust, York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust, Hull & East Yorkshire NHS Trust, Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (Barnstaple Hospital), Medway (Maritime) NHS Foundation Trust, West Middlesex, Chelsea & Westminster, Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Trust - Queens Hospital, Romford and Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.
 
From October, the sites will work with the project team to understand the impact and the effectiveness of the pathway on improving bereavement care for parents. 

They have been chosen as they are representative of geography, capacity and specialism.
 
Clea Harmer, chair of the NBCP Core Group, said: ‘I am delighted that we have so many enthusiastic partners across the country who want to work with us in improving bereavement care for those parents when a baby dies.
 
‘As a collaboration we were inundated with offers of support and I am excited by the potential impact that the pathway will have in these 11 sites, in the first instance. We look forward to learning from their experiences before wave two begins and the wider roll out later next year.’
  
Cathy Warwick, RCM chief executive, added: ‘This is important work because it is about giving bereaved families better care following the sad loss of a baby and we need to get it right. Learning from parents and the results of the work at the pilot sites will mean care can be better tailored to meet the needs of families.’

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