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a variety of training, support, resources and co-ordination.

Within

there was a particular settings, which might bereavement in other

emphasis on provision in specialist palliative seem obvious, but often negates death settings where the majority of people will

this care and die.

However, significant expertise exists in valuable to the development of services

palliative care and across all settings.

this can be Types and

approaches to training also appeared to vary across Boards and a view that some coordination here would also be of benefit national approach to bereavement training.

there was possibly a

NHS Fife has developed a Bereavement Forum which draws together representatives from a wide spectrum of statutory and voluntary agencies working in a range of ways within the field of bereavement care. The forum meets once a year and provides an opportunity to explore ways which facilitate increased interagency sharing of information and good practice in bereavement care and enables wider discussion and consideration around potential future developments.

10.

The manner in which the NHS collaborates or links with voluntary

groups

also

seems,

from

the

information

provided,

to

be

patchy.

This

may be because local groups aren’t active or they do perspectives on bereavement care. This is reflected

not feature in NHS in the variation in

levels of territorial

funding of local branches of voluntary groups by different health boards which may make it difficult for the voluntary

groups

operating

nationally

to

maintain

consistent

standards

across

the

country.

There

was

evidence

of

some

good

developments

being

planned

by some reflection how it is

health boards but the range of responses appears to be a

of a lack provided

of knowledge of what is available within a locality or of

from

a

particular

perspective.

There

were

a

greater

number of links for other areas of care. ordinator in place bereavement care in

cancer and palliative care with fewer that reflected However, one health board which already has a co- provided a far more comprehensive picture of its area. This suggests that the appointment of a co-

ordinator in each health board area could provide across Scotland, and in care for all settings, appropriate training, support and resources.

a greater consistency through provision of

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