Care after death

A guide for professionals giving care after death. Guidance for staff responsible for care after death.

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SOP for post death care in the community during covid
9th March 2021 | Source: Lincolnshire NHS

This document is for the use of Health and Social Care professionals This advice and guidance has been produced to assist those people who have to manage the care of the deceased and support the family/carers who may or may not be present at the time of death during the outbreak of COVID19. It is intended to support the process for confirming death during the outbreak of COVID19, which can be found in Appendix 1.

Verification of Expected Death – eLearning
3rd June 2020 | Source: Multiple national agencies

The course overview - "To provide underpinning knowledge associated with best practice for verifying an expected death, including a simulated practical experience in a controlled environment to assist the development of competent verification skills of a deceased person and to raise awareness of what could be a suspicious death." Click on the links in the document

Leading during bereavement and complex grief during COVID-19
3rd June 2020 | Source: NHS UK

For team leaders working in the NHS. Specific resources and guidance to help you navigate leading your teams in the event of grief. Fairly short and to the point with a long list of very helpful further resources

Coping with Bereavement Toolkit
 in COVID-19
3rd June 2020 | Source: DHSS

This is for managers and organisations. It is a short Powerpoint from the Department of Health and Social Care that will download on to your device. It deals with how to support staff with working remotely and dealing with the loss of a colleague.

Disconnecting a syringe driver after death – video
12th May 2020 | Source: St Barnabas Hospice

This short video is designed to help care home staff disconnect a syringe driver after death. Also how to deal with the equipment and paperwork. Others working at the end of life may also find this useful.

Primary Care Support from Macmillan for Cancer
25th March 2020 | Source: Macmillan

Macmillan has produced a number of toolkits, guidance documents and online training modules to support GPs as they connect with cancer patients from early diagnosis through to after treatment, and at end-of-life. Supporting resources for people with cancer have also been developed to help effective signposting and to shape the future of primary care.

When to notify deaths to the Coroner: Summary of the new legal framework from 1st October
13th November 2019 | Source: Beachcroft

This is a very good distillation of the new guidelines for busy medical practitioners, by the national team of healthcare regulatory lawyers at Beachcroft

Guidance for registered medical practitioners on the Notification of Deaths Regulations 2019
13th November 2019 | Source: Ministry of Justice

These new Regulations set out the range of circumstances in which deaths must be notified to the Coroner, with further practical detail provided in the recently published accompanying guidance document. Came into force 1st October 2019.

Protect Against Posthumous ID Theft
13th November 2019

Unfortunately it is increasingly common for the identity of deceased individuals to be stolen causing further stress and grief for the families. The Gov.uk guide https://www.gov.uk/when-someone-dies focuses solely on the legal/procedural aspects of a death but the problem of posthumous identity theft gets overlooked.

Palliative Care Knowledge Zone. Marie Curie
13th November 2019 | Source: Marie Curie

The Palliative Care Knowledge Zone is a free information source for health and social care professionals. It contains information for you on how to have better conversations with your patients about death and dying

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The website is not designed to give medical advice, but rather to give information on a wide range of topics to health and social care staff, no matter where they work. Find out more