Sands offers RCM accredited, evidence based and skills focused bereavement care training for multi-disciplinary groups. The parent experience runs throughout each workshop, with a guest parent speaker, film, audio and parent quotes.

‘Really valuable workshop for all involved in caring for bereaved families and one that shows you can always continue learning’ Course delegate, Cambridge

Offering high-quality individualised bereavement care to parents when a baby dies can be challenging. It is vital to equip bereavement care professionals with the skills, understanding and insight to enable them to feel confident and competent in delivering good bereavement care. Training can also help to reduce staff stress and is essential to ensure staff well-being and avoid burn out.

The Sands Bereavement care training for multi-disciplinary groups is a great opportunity to pull together different groups of professionals from across different specialties, units and hospitals/community locations to improve communication, understanding of each other’s roles and ultimately bereavement care for parents when a baby dies.

Aim of the one-day workshops

To enable bereavement care professionals to develop the knowledge, insight and skills to provide high quality, sensitive care to parents who experience the death of a baby, before, during or shortly after birth.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this session participants will be able to:

  • Identify the unique impact of grief in relation to pregnancy loss and the death of a baby for parents and their families.
  • Identify, develop and use techniques to deliver bad news and communicate sensitively and effectively with bereaved parents.
  • Enable bereaved parents to make informed choices about the memories they create with their baby and what happens to their baby’s body.
  • Recognise the impact of pregnancy loss and the death of a baby on health professionals and be able to access available support.
  • Recognise the importance of on-going support for bereaved parents and the potential impact of their loss on all subsequent pregnancies.

Maximum Capacity 20 participants

Timing 0930 – 1630 (6 Contact hours)

Day Plan

‘Essential for all caregivers involved with these families, should be incorporated within trust mandatory training within maternity and should include doctors’ Nurse, Cheshire

Workshop Cost

Please contact us to discuss the cost of booking a workshop

The price includes:

  • A reflective workbook for each participant which includes information on bereavement care for the individual professional as well as practical information for the maternity unit.
  • A set of our publications (both for professionals and for parents and their families) that will be displayed in the workshop and then be given to the hospital or university.
  • Trainers’ fee, expenses and all administrative costs.

*Please contact us to discuss if cost is prohibitive as we may be able to find a solution to meet your needs.

What you need to provide

A large room (not a lecture theatre) with PowerPoint facilities and capacity for a big semi-circle of 20 easily-movable chairs; a projector, screen, flipchart with paper/pens and refreshments.

How to book

To book or for more information contact:

We also deliver half-day workshop for professionals

  • Half-day Course Version 1: For up to 20 participants and under

  • Half-day Course Version 2: For up to 40 participants and under

Our Bereavement Care half-day courses have been awarded professional accreditation from the Royal College of Midwives.  They are based on current research, best practice and guidance, and use the voices and experiences of bereaved parents and their families throughout.  They aim to enable professionals to gain the essential knowledge and insight to provide sensitive care to parents who experience the death of a baby.  They are suitable for all professionals who provide care for bereaved parents. Our half-day courses for midwives offer valuable face-to-face learning opportunities.

Really informative half-day which incorporated some important aspects of behaviours, skills and knowledge needed’ Workshop participant, Canterbury

Really interesting and appropriate to work. Certainly made me consider parent options and communication skills and how I may deal with situations like this in future Course participant, Livingston

Timings and session plans for half-day workshops

Each half-day is 3 ½ hours long (3 ½ contact hours).

Please contact us to discuss if cost is prohibitive as we may be able to find a solution to meet your needs.

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