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New e-learning on Perinatal Post-mortem Consent

Posted on: November 5th, 2020 by Hannah Denness No Comments

Health Education England elearning for healthcare (HEE elfh) has worked with University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and Keele University to develop a new elearning resource to support health professionals who are required to discuss perinatal post-mortem consent with bereaved families.

Losing a baby is a most difficult time for parents and 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 programme aims to improve the knowledge and confidence of health professionals speaking to parents which will enable parents to make a well informed decision.

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.

For more information about the programme, including access details, visit:

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