Government makes funding commitment to improve bereavement services

Posted on April 25, 2018

The Government has pledged to provide £106,000 to support the roll out of the National Bereavement Care Pathway

On 24 April 2018 Will Quince MP led a debate which highlighted the roll out of the National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP). He called on the Government to provide additional funding to ensure that the pathway can be embedded across England by 2020.

Bliss is delighted that the Government has committed to providing £106,000 of funding to support the roll-out of the pathway during the next year. This builds on the Department’s original £50,000 investment in the first year of the programme.

Health Minister, Jackie Doyle-Price MP also provided an update on the Government’s ambition to reduce stillbirth, neonatal death and the rate of prematurity by 2025 including that a new body, the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, has been funded to review around 1,000 stillbirths, neonatal deaths and births which result in brain injury each year to improve learning and practice.

The NBCP aims to ensure that all bereaved parents across the UK are entitled to high-quality, individualised, safe and sensitive care. This investment will mean that the pathway can continue to be embedded in more trusts across England, and that more parents who sadly experience the loss of their baby either before, during or after birth, will get the support they need.

The new pathway was developed by a number of charities – including Bliss, Sands, the Lullaby Trust, the Miscarriage Association, and ARC (Antenatal Results & Choices) - as well as professional organisations, with the support of the Department of Health and All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss.

Bliss Chief Executive Caroline Lee-Davey said: ‘’We are delighted that the Government has recognised the value of the NBCP, and the important role it can play in ensuring that parents who experience all forms of baby loss receive the bereavement support they need, by providing additional funding for its further rollout. This will ensure the continuation and further expansion of the programme over the coming year.

“Every day, 15 babies in the UK die before, during or after birth. This means that thousands of families need bereavement care and support every year. Nothing can take away a parent’s grief but we can be doing much more to ensure they are properly supported at such a devastating time.”