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NBCP update 21 July 2021

NBCP Update 21 July 2021:

A warm welcome to the NBCP to Somerset NHS Foundation Trust! We are delighted to welcome two more Trusts to the NBCP programme. 65% of Trusts in England have now signed up to the NBCP. Register your Trust's interest here.

We are also delighted that Janet Smethurst, Team Leader for Health Visiting & School Nursing in Calderdale's Early Years' Service has written a fantastic blog about her experience of developing the NBCP in a community setting. Read her thoughts on what the nine bereavement care standards look like in the community setting here

Over 100 healthcare professionals have signed up to the free NBCP autumn workshops - please book your place via the links below:

West Midlands 7 September

North West 9 September

Yorkshire & Humber 14 September

North East & East Midlands 15 September

South East & South Central 21 September

South West 23 September

East 28 September

London 30 September


NBCP Update 7 July 2021:

A warm welcome to the NBCP to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and to the Isle of Man National Health Service! We are delighted to welcome two more Trusts to the NBCP programme. 64% of Trusts in England have now signed up to the NBCP. Register your Trust's interest here.

The NBCP autumn workshops are already proving popular, with many signing up - places remain so please book your free place via the links further down this page. 

The NBCP isn't just for hospitals - many trusts in the community are using the NBCP also. See how the Locala Health Visiting teams in Yorkshire are using the NBCP by viewing a recent presentation on our shared practice page. If you've got some recent experiences to share please get in touch with us via the website.

NBCP update 24 June 2021:

Booking details for the autumn NBCP England workshops announced:

Last year’s autumn NBCP regional networking workshops were really successful and we are excited to be repeating these this year. NBCP Leads and colleagues in their trust are welcome to join us again this autumn. These will also take place online, but we hope to be able to convene face to face workshops early next year.

The session will last 2 hours and will include the following themes:

Embedding the bereavement care standards

Working in a multidisciplinary team

Sharing good practice

Looking after yourselves

Connecting with regional colleagues

We would also like to hear from you regarding the areas which would be of most use and interest, so please get in touch with NBCP UK Lead Marc Harder with your ideas, and any questions or queries you may have.

You can book attendance below:


West Midlands 7 September

North West 9 September

Yorkshire & Humber 14 September

North East & East Midlands 15 September

South East & South Central 21 September

South West 23 September

East 28 September

London 30 September

If you're unable to book onto the date for your region, please feel free to book onto another date. The content will largely be the same, but discussion groups will be with others outside your region. 

A number of pages have been uploaded and updated today (27 May 2021):

Read our latest blog by Twins Trust's bereavement support group co-ordinator Sharon Darke who talks from experience about the importance of high quality bereavement care

The NBCP bereavement care survey was carried out in March and April of this year - find out what our respondents said here

Watch this space for details of our NBCP autumn workshops which are currently being arranged for September

Currently 63% of NHS Hospital Trusts in England have signed up to the NBCP - click here to see the updated list. A further 36% have expressed their interest in doing so. Find out here how you can turn your trust's interest into commitment! 

NBCP update 20 November 2020:

See our resources page for more information on bereavement support books which are now available in Arabic, Simplified Chinese and Polish: 

NBCP: Updated 9th September 2020:

  • New NHS England guidance regarding partners' attendance at appointments and scans came out late last night - huge thanks to all those who helped us to lobby for this important framework


  • the NBCP online networking workshops continue over the coming weeks - book your place here



Update 25th August 2020:

  • We know that sensitive communication with women and families is so important. This difficult task is made even harder when using PPE. Sands have created a leaflet based on feedback from healthcare professionals and parents which provides hints and tips in a handy format. Click here to download the leaflet. 


  • Spaces are still available at the NBCP online regional workshops over the coming weeks. These represent an excellent opportunity for healthcare professionals to share good practice in bereavement care, particularly during the Covid-19 pandemic, to hear updates on progress with the NBCP roll-out, and to network with colleagues in their own region. Book early to ensure your place at these free workshops.


Update 24th July 2020:

The first two regional networking workshops held this week have been a great success; huge thanks to all who came and took part from the West Midlands and from the North West.

Healthcare professionals working in bereavement care and linked into the NBCP in their sites are invited to join the online workshops as listed below. They will take place via MS Teams, from 2pm-3.45pm on each of the following dates:

Yorkshire & Humber 26th August book your place

East Midlands and North East (combined) 8th September book your place

South East and South West (combined) 10th September book your place

South West 16th September book your place

East region 21st September book your place

London 24th September book your place




Update 10th July 2020:

NBCP 2020 Impact Report released today - click here

Blog by Kate Mulley highlighted the impact report and latest progress - click here

NBCP online regional workshops announced - for details click here


Updated 14th May 2020:

We continue to add resources to the NBCP web page here and on our sister site in Scotland

  1. The British Association of Perinatal Medicine has released new advice regarding parents attending Neonatal Units during the Covid crisis:
  2. In the absence of face to face training, Sands has established an online training offer in the form of a series of webinars to take place later in May and in June. To join one of these free webinars which focus on supporting parents through pregnancy loss and the death of a baby, you will need to sign up via the link  
  3. The NHS has highlighted a number of range of support materials and useful resources to help improve the wellbeing of healthcare professionals during this difficult time :  


Academy of Royal Colleges: Mental Well Being and staying safe

Coping with stress

4. If you would like to sign up to our fortnightly healthcare professionals bulletin, please click here




Updated 20th April 2020:

- Gail Johnson, Professional Adviser at the Royal College of Midwives has written a blog which can be found here

- Our first COVID-19 bulletin was produced and distributed on 10th April. If you'd like to be added to the distribution list, please let us know via the contact page. The next issue is due to be published on 24th April. 

- A new leaflet / guide to sensitive bereavement care for healthcare professionals can be found here


Updated 9th April 2020: Important information regarding COVID-19

- information relating to bereavement care during the outbreak can be found here

- information relating to support organisations able to support families during this time is available here

- the training page has been updated with links to the two new e-learning for health modules.

- a 'learning practice' area has been established. You can add your examples and signposts in the upload page here 

- the NBCP in Scotland recently went live in five Early Adopter boards. Click here to access the dedicated NBCP Scotland website which includes COVID-19 resources and information specific to Scotland.

These pages went live during April 2020 and will be regularly updated to ensure that we are able to best support NHS professionals and parents & families during this time. Keep checking back for the latest information. 


Following a recent restructuring of the website, all archived news prior to April 2020 can be found here