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October 2019 update:

Eleven new sites sign up to NBCP England & free workshops announced

We are delighted to announce that a further 11 new sites have signed up to the NBCP programme and are working towards the nine bereavement care standards. 

These eleven have signed up subsequent to the publication of the pilot site evaluation in May of this year and are as follows:

Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
North Bristol Hospitals NHS Trust
University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust- Burton site
Calderdale - Locala Health Visitors & partners
Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust
St Mary's Hospital (Isle of Wight) NHS Trust
Queen Elizabeth King's Lynn NHS Trust
Guys & St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust London
Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Luton & Dunstable University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust 

This brings the total of NBCP sites to 43, after the successful pilot site programme covering 32 sites. We are also thrilled that a further 59 sites have formally expressed their interest in joining the programme, and look forward to receiving their formal commitment over the coming weeks. 

A series of workshops has been scheduled for November and December for those sites in the process of, or interested in adopting the NBCP. Healthcare professionals can book their attendance at these free workshops via the links below:

West Midlands - Coventry, 4 November 

Yorkshire & The Humber - York, 5 November 

East Midlands - Leicester, 21 November

North East - Durham, 22 November

South East - Medway, 2 December

South West - Exeter, 5 December

South Central - Slough, 12 December 

We are hoping to release dates for the East (December) London (January) and the North West (February) as soon as possible. 


National Bereavement Care Pathway - update September 2019 

3 September 2019: The NBCP England guidance materials (full versions and short versions for all five pathways) have been updated and uploaded to the website. For those sites using the previous versions, please remove these and use those updated today.

Since the roll-out of the NBCP began in May of this year, around 100 new Trusts have expressed their interest in adopting the NBCP. A number have then confirmed their plans and committed to adopt the NBCP. These sites will shortly receive a NBCP implementation pack from the central team. 

The NBCP e-learning training programme will be available very soon - check back regularly for updates over the next few days. 

Prime Minister urges all NHS Trusts to adopt the National Bereavement Care Pathway

During Prime Minister’s Questions in Westminster on 15 May, the Prime Minister, in responding to a question from Antoinette Sandbach MP regarding the NBCP evaluation report released on 10 May, recognised the support that the NBCP provides to bereaved parents and urged all NHS Trusts to adopt the pathway. Your trust can do so by clicking the ‘register your interest’ button below.

10 May 2019: Minister for Mental Health, Jackie Doyle-Price has commented on the NBCP evaluation released today, saying:

“Every stillbirth or baby loss is a tragedy and we remain absolutely committed to supporting parents through this difficult time.

This independent evaluation shows that National Bereavement Care Pathway has already helped to strengthen the support for many bereaved families across the country, but there is more to do and I would urge all NHS Trusts to adopt this approach to ensure all care surrounding baby loss meets these consistent standards.

Through our Long Term Plan for the NHS we are also accelerating action to halve the number of stillbirths and neonatal deaths over the next five years and improving access to perinatal mental health care for mothers and their partners."

NBCP Final Evaluation (10 May 2019)

The National Bereavement Care Pathway for Pregnancy and Baby Loss seeks to increase the quality of, and reduce the inequity in, the bereavement care provided by healthcare professionals after the loss of a baby or pregnancy at any gestation. This website provides information for professionals working with parents and professionals, and provides details of how to sign your Trust up to the NBCP. 

How can I adopt the NBCP in my Trust?

What have we learned from the pilot programme and why should other NHS Trusts in England adopt the NBCP?


Following the pilot programme, we are now keen to hear from healthcare professionals wanting to find out more about adopting the NBCP in their NHS Trust