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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21837: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 26 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government what training in specialised bereavement care for parents who have lost a baby in late pregnancy or the neonatal period is offered to NHS staff, broken down by training provider.

Answered by: Joe FitzPatrick 12 March 2019

The NHS Education for Scotland website ‘Support Around Death’ provides health professionals across Scotland with a range of resources on bereavement care after pregnancy loss, stillbirth or neonatal death, including short animated educational films. An e-learning resource on bereavement following pregnancy loss and the death of a baby is available on the Knowledge Network and provides in-depth education for maternity care professionals.

Midwifery students are offered modules in bereavement and loss.

Scottish Government has funded Sands £94,000 to lead and develop the National Bereavement Care Pathway with other baby loss charities and Royal Colleges to improve the quality of bereavement care when a baby dies. The development of an online training kit for Health Boards is expected as part of the National Bereavement Care Pathway.