Perinatal Post-mortem Consent - elearning for healthcare
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This programme is in partnership with...
  • University Hospital of North Midlands
  • Keele University

About the Perinatal Post-mortem Consent programme

Welcome to this elearning resource on taking consent for a perinatal post-mortem. Losing a baby is a most difficult time for parents. It can be challenging for health professionals to support parents adequately at this time of intense grief. Health professionals may find discussing a post-mortem with families particularly difficult. This elearning resource has been developed to support professionals who may find themselves in this situation.

The resource aims to improve health professionals’ knowledge and confidence while speaking to parents. This will enable parents to make a well informed decision. There are additional resources available for parents which can be viewed through the Sands website

Aims and Ambitions:

All content within this elearning module has been mapped against the learning outcomes stipulated by the HTA and Sands for perinatal post-mortem consent training.  Upon completion of the elearning package professionals who will be obtaining perinatal post-mortem consent will:

  • Understand the law and legal requirements in England and Wales
  • Understand the benefits, both present and future, for the bereaved family of having a post-mortem investigation
  • Be proficient with the process of taking consent for a hospital post-mortem
  • Explain what happens at a post-mortem examination and the options available to parents
  • Understand the importance of sensitive communication skills.

How learners will benefit from doing this course

This interactive elearning package has been developed to support healthcare professionals who are required to discuss perinatal post-mortem consent with bereaved families. Other healthcare professionals who come into contact with bereaved parents, and are involved in supporting them in this difficult time, may also find it useful.

Who it’s aimed at

E-learning package designed to meet the learning objectives of health professionals including:

  • Midwives
  • Obstetric registrars and consultants
  • Neonatal nurses
  • Advanced neonatal nurse practitioners (ANNPs)
  • Bereavement teams
  • Paediatric registrars and consultants
  • Neonatal registrars and consultants

Course content

  • Duration – 225 minutes or 3 ¾ hours
  • Assessment (if relevant)


  • Core Content

  • Optional Content

More information

Further training resources and publications are available from the Sands website. Please access their website by clicking on the logo above.

The elearning programme will be reviewed every 2 years and we welcome your feedback.

Meet the team

  • DR Asha Shenvi

    Dr Asha Shenvi

    Consultant Neonatologist, University Hospital of North Midlands
  • Jo Cookson

    Jo Cookson

    Neonatal / Midwifery Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University. Practice Educator, West Midlands Neonatal Operational Delivery Network
  • Pete Lonsdale

    Pete Lonsdale

    Learning Technology Manager, Lead for Technology Enhanced Learning Development and Online Programme Support, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University
  • Jen Plested

    Jen Plested

    External Project Coordinator, Hee elearning for healthcare
  • Clair Guy

    Clair Guy

    Project Manager, HEE elearning for healthcare

How to access

In order to access the Perinatal Post-mortem Consent programme, you will need an elfh account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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