a senior manager, trained in relation to death and bereavement, with primary responsibility for the day-to-day management of services.“
Each Trust was to be expected to develop local policy and practice
related to all aspects of bereavement care and to
“ensure appropriate coordination of, and consistency between, all services that relate in any way to the needs of dying and bereaved people.”
A more recent document from Northern Ireland (Dept of Health,
Social Services and Public Safety [DHSSPS] 2009) identified standards of
care for a range of aspects
related to bereavement and bereavement
care: raising communication,
promoting safe and resources,
experience, knowledge and skills, and working together.
In addition an
already existing group of five regions in Northern
area bereavement co-ordinators for each of Ireland contributed to these developments.
was clear work for
from the audit undertaken as part of the information gathering these standards, that there was variation in practices within
areas and considered
specialities. Creating appropriate to develop
a national set of standards and enhance services.
The above responses by other main health services within the UK
highlight the need for someone within health and social care organisations to ensure that care at such a crucial time is appropriate and available. In addition, implementing standards and guidance would be a necessary
component of this role.
To assess views within Scotland a questionnaire was sent to all
health boards and other organisations, such as emergency services, to assess what is already being done in relation to training, support,
resources, co-ordination and were received from eleven of territorial health boards were
also what is already done well.
the territorial health also visited. Overall,
boards. The majority of health boards identified
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