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New e-learning on Perinatal Post-mortem Consent
New e-learning on Perinatal Post-mortem Consent

New e-learning on Perinatal Post-mortem Consent

26 November 2020

Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked with University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust and Keele University to develop a new e-learning resource to support health professionals who are required to discuss perinatal post-mortem consent with bereaved families.

Losing a baby is a most difficult time for parents and it can be challenging for health professionals to support parents adequately at this time of intense grief. Health professionals may find discussing a post-mortem with families particularly difficult.

This e-learning programme aims to improve the knowledge and confidence of health professionals speaking to parents which will enable parents to make a well informed decision.
All content within this e-learning module has been mapped against the learning outcomes stipulated by the HTA and Sands for perinatal post-mortem consent training. 

Upon completion of the e-learning package professionals who will be obtaining perinatal post-mortem consent will:

  • Understand the law and legal requirements in England and Wales
  • Understand the benefits, both present and future, for the bereaved family of having a post-mortem investigation
  • Be proficient with the process of taking consent for a hospital post-mortem
  • Explain what happens at a post-mortem examination and the options available to parents
  • Understand the importance of sensitive communication skills.

For more information about the programme, including access details, visit: