Training & Education

Bereavement care training

Our bereavement care training is designed for anyone working with parents and families who are going through pregnancy or baby loss. We have a range of training opportunities available designed to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence in staff, students and volunteers.

 

Training is available as a full-day workshop, a half-day workshop or as a live 2-hour webinar. Our sessions are delivered in-house or online for your team, organisation or cohort at a venue of your choice.

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Bereavement care training

Our bereavement care training is designed for anyone working with parents and families who are going through pregnancy or baby loss. We have a range of training opportunities available designed to develop the skills, knowledge and confidence in staff, students and volunteers.

 

Training is available as a full-day workshop, a half-day workshop or as a live 2-hour webinar. Our sessions are delivered in-house or online for your team, organisation or cohort at a venue of your choice.

If your specific training needs are not covered above, feel free to get in touch.
We’re happy to collaborate with you in designing a training session tailored to your team or
organisation’s requirements.

As a charity we charge training fees to cover our costs, however, enabling high-quality care is our aim so if
budget is an issue for you please let us know.

 

Full-day workshop: £650

Half-day workshop: £500

2-hour webinar: £350

Multi-disciplinary teams (hospital-based)

Strengthen your team's ability to provide compassionate, coordinated care in cases of perinatal loss. This workshop promotes understanding across midwifery, obstetrics, neonatology and gynaecology enhancing collaborative approaches to support grieving families.

Community services (outside of a hospital setting)

Learn about the experience of pregnancy, birth and the death of a baby for the whole family, and the influence of identity and culture. Explore the impact of grief and trauma on mental health, and consider skills required to communicate empathically, building confidence in using the right words.

Student midwives

Focus on enhancing bereavement care in maternity settings, learning how to effectively support parents and families through perinatal loss. Gain insights into the parent experience and build essential skills of compassionate communication and enabling real informed choice.

Mental health services

Focus on providing mental health support for perinatal loss. Enhance your skills in managing complex grief, understanding trauma, and maintaining a balance between professional duties and personal well-being.

Thinking outside the memory box (skills workshop)

Consider the bereavement pathway from the parent perspective, gain insights into the impact of trauma and the importance of memory. Learn how to work with grieving parents and families in a psychologically safe way.

Health visitors

Learn how to provide high quality bereavement care for families experiencing pregnancy loss or baby death. Discover resources and techniques for effective communication and empathetic support.

Early pregnancy units

Address the specific challenges of providing high quality support for those experiencing miscarriage, molar pregnancy and ectopic pregnancy. Learn tailored communication strategies and care approaches to safely support expectant parents.

Councils, mortuaries, coroners and registrars

An opportunity for teams to work together in increasing confidence in communicating with compassion, face to face, via phone and email, whilst fulfilling your roles and processes. Develop a greater understanding of the parent experience and explore your own wellbeing.

Sonographers and ultrasound practitioners

Develop vital skills for sensitively delivering news in complex cases, including miscarriage, ectopic and molar pregnancies, stillbirth, and termination for medical reasons. Benefit from expert-led training in compassionate communication, latest bereavement care research, and staff well-being strategies.

Charities and support organisations

Consider how to deliver compassionate and effective support for the whole family throughout their grief journey. Explore therapeutic approaches and the skills required to communicate empathically, building confidence in using the right words.

Midwives and maternity support workers

Focus on enhancing bereavement care in maternity settings, learning how to effectively support parents and families through perinatal loss. Gain insights into the parent experience and build essential skills of compassionate communication and enabling real informed choice.

Schools and nurseries

Work as a team to further your knowledge of the loss of a baby impacts on children of different ages, and how to support children and their families. Discover how culture, community and identity influence experience and increase confidence in saying the right words.

Neonatal teams

Learn how to provide high quality bereavement care for families experiencing pregnancy loss or baby death.  Discover resources and techniques for effective communication and empathetic support.

Perinatal post-mortem consent conversations (skills workshop)

Master the skills needed for sensitive conversations about perinatal post-mortem. Focus on ethical considerations, informed consent, and empathetic communication, equipping you to support parents during these importance decisions.

Obstetricians and gynaecologists

Develop bespoke approaches to bereavement care within obstetrics and gynaecology. Learn to navigate the complexities of sensitive communication and informed decision making during perinatal loss, focusing on both immediate care and long-term well-being.

GPs

Designed for GPs and surgery staff, this is an opportunity for the whole team to learn about the experience of pregnancy and baby loss for the whole family. Explore how grief impacts mental health and subsequent pregnancies, and build confidence in communicating empathically, finding the right words.

University of West London, Postgraduate Module (CPD Level 7): Caring for Families Experiencing Perinatal Loss

This course, developed by the University of West London, in collaboration with Sands, is designed to empower healthcare professionals with the knowledge, skills, and compassionate approach required to support families navigating perinatal loss. Accredited and rooted in the Perinatal Loss Proficiency Framework, the module serves as a stepping stone towards further academic and professional advancement in the field and upon completion can be used as a standalone qualification or applied towards further study in related programs.

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