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Dear Colleague

CONSULTATION ON “SHAPING BEREAVEMENT CARE”

I invite you to consider and comment on the draft guidance on developing bereavement care in the NHS in Scotland, “Shaping Bereavement Care - a framework for action for Bereavement Care in NHS Scotland”

The purpose of the guidance is to develop a recognition of the need for support of those who have been bereaved by the death of someone close, and to encourage health boards to clarify planning in this area.

The guidance will provide a framework for health boards to reassess their local policy and procedures around the time of, and following, the death of a patient and to do so in the context of the impact of such policies and procedures on the grief of those who have been bereaved. The guidance also provides an opportunity to examine the training and support available to all NHS staff whose work involves contact with the dying and the bereaved.

The consultation period ends on 2 December 2010. You can access the consultation document, questionnaire and respondent information forms on the Scottish Government website at: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Consultations/Current and we would be very grateful for your views and feedback.

Responses should be sent using the consultation questionnaire provided, by email to Bereavementcare@scotland.gsi.gov.uk or by mail to the undersigned

Yours faithfully

John Birrell

Project Manager Patient Support and Participation Division Area GER St Andrew’s House Regent Road Edinburgh EH1 3DG

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