In NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde the Bereavement Service based in the Women and Child Health Directorate offers a debriefing service to staff following the death of a child. This enables staff to explore their feelings in a safe, secure and supportive environment.
WHERE and WHEN should the support be provided?
Where the support will be provided is again dependent upon the level of support required but it should always begin in the workplace and at the time or immediately following the death. In some areas, when a death is expected, support for staff should be provided by creating a culture of
“checking out” that staff are coping.
22. Recognition should be given to the members’ own lives may make them more stressful deaths or traumatic grief at work.
fact that events in staff or less able to cope with Where possible sensitivity
should be shown to within work too soon
staff by not exposing them to very following a personal bereavement.
Local provision of support is more cost effective, but staff should
also have the opportunity to access employee counselling services outwith
the organisation if they prefer.
Senior staff should support the development of more junior staff in
providing bereavement support by allowing exposure to difficult situations
them from such circumstances inhibits their learning resulting feeling inadequate when qualified (Begley and Quayle 2003).
HOW is staff support provided? Informal peer support will be achieved by ensuring adequate and appropriate training of staff in the principles of bereavement care. Formal 25.
support should be and/or counselling
provided by staff who are trained in communication
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