Training & Education

Training for health professionals

In 2022, we conducted a bereavement care survey to understand what is happening in NHS Trusts and Boards across the UK following pregnancy loss or the death of a baby.


The results show that healthcare professionals in the UK do not have sufficient access to bereavement care training. This means they are not adequately supported to gain the skills and confidence they need to provide excellent care for families, or to look after their own wellbeing.


Sands training can help. We have a range of training opportunities available for experienced staff and students alike.


Free open access webinars are available every month or we can work with you to create and deliver bespoke training for your team.

Sands Training for healthcare professionals is focused around our two core aims:

Bereavement care and support

All experiences of baby loss are unique, each parent and each family requires individualised care. Our training helps you understand the needs of bereaved parents and gives you the opportunity to learn vital skills, so that you are equipped to work with parents from the first, traumatic moments of loss and into their next pregnancy and the rest of their lives.


Saving babies’ lives

Listening to parents following the death of their baby is not only vital for their wellbeing but can also help save future lives. Knowledge in this area continues to expand as our research and prevention work evolves. Our training can help you learn from parents and ensure that care is continually improved in order to save lives.

Early Pregnancy

How can healthcare professionals sensitively support people through pregnancy loss?

What antenatal needs do expectant parents have if they are pregnant again following loss?

How is bad news given safely and sensitively?

Antenatal Care

How can professionals guide parents who are experiencing early or mid-trimester losses?

What antenatal needs do parents have if they are pregnant again following loss?

How can bad news be given safely and sensitively?

Maternity Care

How do maternity teams best support parents whose baby is stillborn or may not survive?

What can professionals do to enable informed choice?

How can hospitals ensure parents are offered a real opportunity to be engaged in a review of their care?

Neonatal Care

How can neonatal teams support families whose baby may not survive?

What is the most sensitive way to break bad news, talk about pain and help families make decisions about care?

How can professionals help parents make comforting memories on neonatal units?

Community-based Care

How can professionals help parents cope with grief and learn to live without their baby?

How do community-based professionals identify those who may require referral to specialist mental health services?

How can mental health professionals support bereaved families?

Bereavement Care Essentials

Enabling informed

Recognition of

& empathy

Sensitive & effective

“Compassionate, individualised, high quality bereavement care must be delivered for all families who have experienced a perinatal loss, with reference to guidance such as the National Bereavement Care Pathway"
The Okenden Report, 2022