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The Recommendations

Shaping Bereavement Care presents a framework for action to develop quality bereavement care within the NHS in Scotland.

Recommendations addressed to all Health Boards with patient contact

1. Each board should nominate an Executive Lead at board Level to be responsible for the development and delivery of quality bereavement care within the service. (Chapter 5)

2. Each board should identify a Bereavement Services Co-ordinator to lead the development of quality bereavement care and to promote partnership working (Chapter 5)

3. Each board should undertake a review of all current policies and procedures relating to care of the dying patient, and care of the deceased, to ensure that they reflect good quality care and to assess and reduce any real or potential negative impact of these processes on those who have been bereaved. (Chapter 2)

4.

Each board should develop a policy on care of those who have been

bereaved. (Chapter 3)

The policy should reflect the principles of this

framework and should seek to:

  • ensure that bereavement care is provided on an equitable basis to relatives and carers following a death, in ways that are responsive to their needs and which reflect spiritual, religious and cultural requirements;

  • ensure that the board’s bereavement care services are adequately staffed and funded;

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