Sharon, who is Bereavement Support Group co-ordinator for the Twins Trust (formerly Tamba) and member of the NBCP Training Sub Group, writes about her twin boys who would have turned 21 last year, and how high standards in bereavement care and support make such a different to bereaved families:
This week marked a significant milestone for the National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP). In signing up to the NBCP, South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust became the 69th NHS hospital trust in England to adopt the NBCP. This represents something of a tipping point for the NBCP, because it means that more than 50% of England’s 137 Hospital Trusts are now fully signed up. Between late 2017 and early 2019, 32 hospital trusts piloted the project, with a further 37 signing up.
As part of our National Bereavement Care Pathway blog posts, Professional Advisor for Education at the Royal College of Midwives, Gail Johnson, talks about the importance of maintaining good standards of bereavement care during this difficult time:
Each year the Christmas and New Year break gives us an opportunity to reflect on the previous year and to look forward with fresh ideas and motivation for the year ahead.
2019 was certainly a busy year for the NBCP and as chair of the NBCP Core Group I am delighted with the progress we have made. Here are just a few of the highlights:
• The completion of the NBCP pilot programme in 32 sites, culminating in the publication of the fourth and final NBCP evaluation report
My life revolves around my family, my wife Hannah, and our 3 girls. Evelyn, who is 5, and twins Penelope and Pippa. Pippa is my little bird who flies everywhere with me. The twins were born at 30 weeks, on August 15th 2017. They were both super small, weighing just 977g (Penny) and 726g (Pippa).
Supporting parents following the loss of their baby during pregnancy, at birth or very soon after is a vital and also challenging role for the midwife or support worker.
This month we welcome Kate Holmes, Support and Information Manager at the Lullaby Trust as our guest blogger. The Lullaby Trust is one of the Core Group partners on the National Bereavement Care Pathway and in particular provide support to those parents who are bereaved through Sudden Unexpected Death of an Infant (SUDI), which is one of the five pathways under the NBCP programme. Here Kate describes a day in on the Lullaby Trust Helpline…
With Parliament soon rising for recess, now is a good time to look back on what has been achieved, what progress has been made, and where we still have work to do.
Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive, Bliss writes for our regular National Bereavement Care Pathway blog about the need to ensure that every bereaved parent receives the quality bereavement care they need, as the latest Perinatal Mortality Report shows that there was little change in the extended perinatal mortality rate in 2016 compared to the year before.
We are delighted to welcome Ruth Bender Atik, National Director of the Miscarriage Association, to our regular National Bereavement Care Pathway Blog.