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Trust joins national pilot focusing on bereavement baby loss


Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust (NLaG) is to help lead the way in improving bereavement care nationally around baby loss.


Sands – the stillbirth and neonatal death charity – is working with a number of partners on the National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP) for pregnancy and baby loss.


They have announced that a further 21 sites across England from April 2018 – including NLaG – will work with them on the pioneering project which aims to improve the overall quality of bereavement care.


Nick Kerry, bereavement midwife at Scunthorpe, Grimsby and Goole hospitals, said: “I am absolutely delighted that we have been selected to take part in this pilot as we will be helping to lead the way on improving care for families nationally.


“The loss of a baby is a tragic experience, so it is vital that women receive compassionate care to help them through this difficult experience. Being part of this national pilot will help to put NLaG on the map.”


The new sites bring the total number of NHS trusts taking part in the pathway to 32 – almost tripling the reach of the existing pilot.


Clea Harmer, chief executive of Sands and chair of the NBCP Core Group, said: “Pregnancy and baby loss affects thousands of families each year across the UK, so I am delighted that we have so many NHS trusts enthusiastically supporting the development of the National Bereavement Care Pathway.


“It is vital to offer consistently excellent bereavement care and support to anyone who has lost a child or pregnancy, and that’s why we are testing the effectiveness of the pathway in such a wide range of settings; from health visiting to GP surgeries, from neonatal wards to paediatric pathology and from midwifery to gynaecology.

“I and everyone on the group are very grateful to all those involved in its development, which will make a difference to so many families.”


The new sites will be working with the project team to understand the impact of the pathway and its effectiveness in improving bereavement care for parents. The sites have been chosen as they are representative of geography, capacity and specialism and will begin to pilot the pathway from April 2018.


Five experiences of pregnancy or baby loss are included in the pathway including miscarriage, termination of pregnancy for foetal anomaly, stillbirth, neonatal death and the sudden unexpected death of an infant up to 12 months.


For further information visit: www.sands.org.uk/professionals/projects-improve-bereavement-care/national-bereavement-care-pathway   


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