Evaluation of the National Bereavement Care Pathway

Fiveways has been appointed as the evaluation partner for the new National Bereavement Care Pathway (NBCP), which was launched earlier this week.

Thousands of parents each year experience their baby dying before, during or shortly after birth or within the first year of life. The quality of care that bereaved families receive when their baby dies can have long-lasting effects, but the bereavement care received by parents varies hugely regionally.

A number of baby loss charities and professional bodies have worked together to produce the new Pathway, with the support of the Department of Health and the All Party Parliamentary Group on Baby Loss. The overall objective is to ensure that all bereaved parents are offered equal, high quality, individualised, safe and sensitive care. Charities at the core of the work include ARC (Antenatal Results & Choices), Bliss, Lullaby Trust, Miscarriage Association, and Sands.

We attended the launch of the pilot of the Pathway in Westminster this week, and will be working with 11 pilot sites on this high profile project – which the Prime Minister welcomed during PMQs on Wednesday. The results of our evaluation will help to frame the potential roll out in 2018.