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Following on from the success of our first annual Bereavement Conference last year, a second is now planned.

It will be held on Monday, 13 March from 9am-3.15pm at BRI’s Sovereign Lecture Theatre. This year’s theme will be ‘Bereavement Support: Striving for Excellence.’

Are you a doctor, nurse, midwife, social worker, healthcare professional, support worker or do you have other experience of supporting people who have been bereaved? If so, this conference is for you.

It will feature inspiring speakers, useful workshops and the opportunity to network with colleagues and share ideas around improving bereavement support.

More than 100 health and counselling professionals

Last year, more than 100 health and counselling professionals from across the district and beyond took part in our inaugural annual Bereavement Conference, the aim of which was sharing what we know and knowing who to ask when a patient is dying or a family has been bereaved.

Muslim Chaplain Shaheen Kauser spoke at the first event.

She said: “Participants felt it was a great networking event. They had the opportunity to find out lots of information from different groups whose work is invaluable to bereavement support.

“They were able to take this back to their wards and organisations to share for the benefit of the patients and their families.

“We are now hoping to build on this work for our second conference which will help us to keep moving forward in providing excellent end-of-life care which will lead to a better service and patient experience.’

Showcase examples of good practice

The second conference will also showcase examples of good practice and collaborative working in local bereavement support across all ages.

Bryan Gill, Medical Director of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, will make a welcome speech before keynote speaker Professor Allan Kellehear from the University of Bradford speaks about ‘Building Compassionate Societies’.

Workshops on a range of subjects including building trust, organ donation, and the difference between spiritual and religious approaches will then take place.

To book a free place, please contact louise.clarkson@bthft.nhs.uk or call 01274 273519.