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The National Bereavement Care Pathway – background to the project


The National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) for Pregnancy and Baby Loss was launched in 2017.

The NBCP 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. 

There are five pathways in total: miscarriage (including molar and ectopic pregnancy), Termination of Pregnancy for Fetal Abnormality (TOPFA), Stillbirth, Neonatal Death and Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant (SUDI). 

Initially funded by the Department of Health and Social Care, and with the backing of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss, the Pathway has been led by Sands, working closely with a Core Group of partners consisting of baby loss charities and professional organisations. 

Following a 'call for evidence', draft pathways were created on the basis of good practice across the country. Subsequently 32 healthcare settings (predominantly hospitals) in England have piloted the pathway over the past two years and have seen real changes for parents and professionals in their trusts. Following the outcome of the independent evaluations published by Fiveways, the NBCP is being rolled out across England. 

For information regarding the roll out and to register your Trust's interest please click here

In Scotland an announcement will be made in May regarding the Early Adopter sites who will be piloting the NBCP later in 2019 and a separate website specific to NBCP Scotland will be launched to support this work. 

This England website has been updated in April & May 2019 and we welcome your feedback. 

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