National Bereavement Care Pathway - elearning for healthcare
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About the programme

Welcome to the National Bereavement Care Pathway training programme.

This programme has been written to share the elements of good bereavement care.

It has been developed by a collaboration of charities, professional organisations and people with first-hand experience to improve bereavement care and reduce variability in care after:

  • Miscarriage, which is pregnancy loss or the death of an unborn baby before 24 weeks of pregnancy
  • Ectopic pregnancy, when the pregnancy develops outside of the uterus
  • Molar pregnancy, when an abnormal fertilised egg implants in the uterus – the placental tissue develops even though the egg doesn’t
  • Termination of pregnancy after a prenatal diagnosis
  • Stillbirth, when a baby dies before or during birth at or after 24 weeks of pregnancy
  • Neonatal death, when a baby dies within 28 days of birth
  • Sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), when a baby or toddler under 1 year (24 months in Scotland) dies suddenly and unexpectedly

More information

The elearning programmes will be reviewed at least twice a year and we welcome your feedback.

The programme is divided into two courses:

  • Bereavement Care after Pregnancy Loss or Baby Death - Learning for All

  • Bereavement Care after Pregnancy Loss or Baby Death - Healthcare Professionals

Meet the team

  • Marc Harder

    Head of Bereavement Care & Hospital Liaison, Sands
  • Laura Price

    Freelance medical author and editor
  • Gail Johnson

    Education Lead for the Royal College of Midwives
  • Clare Worgan

    Head of Training and Education, Sands
  • Rebecca Ashley

    Bereavement Care Resources Officer, Sands
  • Nicole Beckford

    Nicole Beckford

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare
  • Victoria Ward

    Victoria Ward

    Learning Designer, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

Available to all

National Bereavement Care Pathway training sessions have been designed to provide support when talking to bereaved individuals. This session offers suggestions and guidance about what to say and do. It is suitable for anyone who might come into contact, in their work or home life, with a person bereaved through pregnancy loss or baby death.

The National Bereavement Care Pathway training programme is freely available to access here.
Please note your progress and completion of sessions will not be recorded and you will not be able to generate a record of completion. If you require evidence of learning, please register and then log in to access this programme on the elfh Hub.

If you already have an account with elfh, then you can enrol on to the National Bereavement Care Pathway training programme by logging in to the elfh Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My elearning section.

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To view the National Bereavement Care Pathway training programme, select the View button below. If you already have an account with elfh, you will also be able to login and enrol on the programme from the View button.

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Not an NHS organisation?

If you are not an NHS health or care organisation and therefore do not qualify for free access elfh Hub, you may be able to access the service by creating an OpenAthens account.

To check whether or not you qualify for free access via OpenAthens, you can view the eligibility criteria and register on the ‘OpenAthens’ portal.

Registering large numbers of users

If you are a HR, IT or Practice Manager and would like to register and enrol large numbers of staff within your organisation for access onto the National Bereavement Care Pathway training programme, please contact elfh directly.

Organisations wishing to use their own LMS

For HR departments wanting to know more about gaining access to courses using an existing Learning Management System please contact elfh directly to express interest.

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