Understanding paediatric post-mortem

Health, Medical, Nursing

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Increase your understanding and build confidence in communicating sensitively with parents. Supporting the HTA codes of practice, around consent, donation and post-mortem.

Learning outcomes

  • gain knowledge about different types of post-mortem examination
  • understand what happens at a paediatric post-mortem
  • increase confidence in talking to bereaved parents about post-mortem examination
  • explore the issues around retaining tissue
  • get a clearer understanding of the need for consent
  • update knowledge of current research projects and Human Tissue Authority guidance
  • gain information about Child Bereavement UK, other similar support organisations and resources available.

Who should attend?

For professionals whose work involves helping bereaved families around the time of death, including doctors, nurses, midwives, mortuary and pathology staff, police and coroner’s officers and all those working in a bereavement support role within the NHS.

We encourage prospective participants to consider their own experience of loss and how it might affect them during training. Generally speaking, our training is not usually suited to anyone who has suffered a recent, significant personal loss or bereavement.


Fees for participants include course materials, a CPD certificate of attendance, refreshments and light lunch. We would like to thank Travelers for kindly providing the training venue for the day.

I’ve gained communication skills and feel more confident to have honest, informed communication with families.” Course delegate