||<p>The Government’s response to the independent review of choice in end of life care
(July 2016) made clear that high quality bereavement care is a key component of good
end of life care, supporting families and loved ones at this very difficult time in
their lives. For this reason, a number of resources have been developed to help improve
bereavement support and end of life care.</p><p> </p><p>Health Education England,
in partnership with Skills for Care and Skills for Health, published a refreshed End
of Life Care Core Skills Education and Training Framework in March 2017 which aims
to standardise end of life care training and education, including around bereavement
care. It is available at the following link:</p><p><a href="http://www.skillsforhealth.org.uk/services/item/536-end-of-life-care-cstf-download"
</p><p>The national bereavement care pathway for pregnancy and baby loss was launched
in 2017 and seeks to increase the quality of, and reduce the inequity in, the bereavement
care provided by healthcare professionals after the loss of a baby or pregnancy at
any gestation. It is available at the following link:</p><p><a href="https://nbcpathway.org.uk/"
target="_blank">https://nbcpathway.org.uk/</a></p><p><em> </em></p><p>Guidance for
NHS trusts on working with bereaved families and carers was published by NHS England
in July 2018 and provides advice to trusts on how they should support, communicate
and engage with families following a death of someone in their care. The guidance
is available at the following link:</p><p> </p><p><a href="http://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/learning-from-deaths-guidance-for-nhs-trusts-on-working-with-bereaved-families-and-carers/"
</p><p>In December 2018, NHS England published ‘When a child dies - a guide for parents
and carers’ to support parents through the child death review process and help them
understand the support that is available. This is available at the following link:</p><p>
</p><p>‘Ambitions for Palliative and End of Life Care: A national framework for local
action 2015-2020’, published by the National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership,
sets out the ambitions for palliative and end of life care and presents a framework
for local action. This is available at the following link:</p><p><a href="http://endoflifecareambitions.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Ambitions-for-Palliative-and-End-of-Life-Care.pdf"
</p><p>The importance of bereavement care is also reflected in the National Institute
for Health and Care Excellence quality standard on end of life care and other end
of life care guidance, which commissioners should take into account when planning
services for local populations. The quality standard is available at the following