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News — National Bereavement Care Pathway

April 2020 update: Important information regarding COVID-19

Thursday 2 April 2020:

We are in the process of updating these pages to ensure that we are able to best support NHS professionals and parents & families during this time. Watch this space for further information next week, w/c 6 April. 

Meantime here's a reminder that: 

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

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

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