Nurse Awards

Training improves bereavement care for children and families

Winner: A nurse is improving the bereavement care of children and families using a range of measures including workshops and tools for health and social care professionals.

Angela McDonald.  Picture credit: John HoulihanAngela McDonald. Picture credit: John Houlihan

Angela McDonald, a member of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust’s bereavement support team, provides training to healthcare professionals, families, teachers and carers to help them recognise the emotional and practical needs of children and their families who are experiencing grief.

Angela developed four one-day workshops, covering children and bereavement, loss and bereavement, communicating with families and children, responding to loss and bereavement.

Angela McDonald.  Picture credit: John HoulihanAngela McDonald. Picture credit: John Houlihan

She provides emotional support to children and families, helping them find practical support and specialist services and has developed a set of tools to help hospital staff give the right care to children and families irrespective of place of death.

Angela says: ‘The voice of the child and family in bereavement must be heard, valued and supported. If we can improve practice in bereavement care for families, children and carers by hearing their voice and what matters to them, hopefully they will have time to grieve and adapt in their own way to the changes in their life.’

Angela is a finalist in the Supporting Carers category of the 2016 RCNi Nurse Awards. The award, sponsored by NHS England, is for nurses who have developed initiatives that have had a positive impact on carers’ physical and mental health, as well as improving the outcomes for the person being cared for.

About the sponsor

NHS England

NHS EnglandNHS England’s mission is to ensure health and high quality care for all, now and future generations. NHS England creates the culture and conditions for health and care services and staff to deliver the highest standard of care and ensure that valuable public resources are used effectively to get the best outcomes for individuals, communities and society for now and for future generations.