Please note that the presentation slides and recordings for each webinar are accurate as at the date of each session. 

This page hosts information and further resources that relate to NHS Education for Scotland's previous bereavement webinars for health and social care professionals.

If you’re a health or social care professional in Scotland and would like to be kept informed of other future bereavement-related webinars, as well as other educational resources, you may wish to sign up to NES’ quarterly Bereavement Update e-Newsletter – click here

You can also find out about our latest webinars on Twitter including information about registration, recordings and presentation slides from the sessions at #NESBereavementWebinars

Completing the Medical Certificate of Cause of Death - 26th October, 2021

Dr Rosie Conway and Dr Steven Mills, Medical Reviewers, Death Certification Review Service, Healthcare Improvement Scotland

This webinar was aimed at healthcare professionals involved in completing Medical Certificates of Cause of Death (MCCDs). It addressed the process of completing an MCCD, including guidance and tips on how to do so, and offered Q&A time for attendees to ask their own queries.

PowerPoint slides -  Click here to view

Webinar recording - coming soon

Being Homeless at the End of Life - 22nd September 2021

Ellie Wagstaff, Policy and Public Affairs Manager (Scotland), Marie Curie and Dr Joy Rafferty, Specialty Doctor in Palliative Medicine, Strathcarron Hospice

This webinar addressed the provision of end-of-life and bereavement care for people experiencing homelessness, particularly their increased likelihood of encountering multiple, sudden and/or traumatic bereavements, the barriers they face to receiving equivalent levels of support, and how health and social care professionals can help to overcome the gap in quality of care. It also covered the needs of those who work in homeless support services and experience bereavement in the course of their work.

PowerPoint slides -  Click here to view

Webinar recording - click on the image to the right or here to watch on the NES Vimeo channel.

Faith, spiritual care & mourning rituals: understanding how to support people around the time of death - 7th July 2021

Linda Dunbar, Practice Educator (Spiritual Care and Chaplaincy), NHS Education for Scotland, and Lindsay Anderson, Community Mental Health Chaplain, NHS Lothian

This webinar provided an overview of how different faith communities deal with death, dying and bereavement, including mourning rituals and other factors, and how best we can meet the needs of all groups. It guided attendees on what to be aware of and how to deal with potential issues, such as how to ask the right questions of patients and their families, and how to draw on the right sources of information for specific faith matters.

PowerPoint slides -  Click here to view

Webinar recording - click on the image to the right or here to watch on the NES Vimeo channel.

How we psychologically prepare and respond to major incidents with fatalities - 4th May 2021

Dr Katie Davis, Principal Clinical Psychologist, NHS GG&C Psychological Trauma Service

This webinar provided an overview of the psychological considerations relating to how the workforce prepares, responds and supports recovery following a major incident with fatalities. It discussed moral injury and Psychological First Aid, whilst looking at circumstances around COVID but also had wider relevance. 

PowerPoint slides -  Click here to view

Webinar recording - click on the image to the right or here to watch on the NES Vimeo channel.

Why grief gets stuck and how we can help - 15th April 2021

Dr Susan Delaney, Clinical Psychologist

This webinar discussed how many health and social care professionals who encounter bereavement will find that they are working with people experiencing prolonged grief. It looked into what a prolonged grief disorder is, the risk factors and the simple strategies to help people who are stuck in their grief.

PowerPoint slides -  Click here to view

Webinar recording - click on the image to the right or here to watch on the NES Vimeo channel.

Supporting LGBT+ People around Death and Bereavement - 31st March 2021

Megan Snedden, Campaigns Policy & Research Officer, and Jake Laws, Programme Officer, Stonewall Scotland

This webinar discussed the specific issues affecting the LGBT+ community around end-of-life and in bereavement. It included reflections around COVID-related issues but also provided general relevance for all bereavement situations.

PowerPoint slides - Click here

Webinar recording - click on the image to the right or here to watch on the NES Vimeo channel 

Additional resource - Click here to view the NES resource which was referenced during the webinar

Bereavement following substance use - 8th December 2020

Martha Rae, Senior Virtual Family Support Practitioner, Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs

This webinar discussed the additional challenges that someone who is bereaved may face when substance use is involved and how to offer someone support who is bereaved as a result of substance use.

PowerPoint slides -  Click here to view

Webinar recording - click on the image to the right or here to watch on the NES Vimeo channel.

 

Dealing with bereavement as a health and social care worker in remote and rural communities - 3rd November 2020

Pam Nicoll, Programme Director, Remote & Rural Healthcare Educational Alliance, NHS Education for Scotland, Dawn Allan, Spiritual Care Lead, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, and Derek Brown, Lead Chaplain, NHS Highland

This webinar covered the challenges and opportunities that come from working in a remote, rural or island setting; predominantly considering bereavement-related situations but also other contexts more generally. Speakers shared their perspectives on what is different and what is not when working in these areas, and through case examples they highlighted topics such as maintaining boundaries and confidentiality, staff resilience and wellbeing, and the challenges of living and working in small local communities.

PowerPoint slides - Click here to view the slides from Pam Nicoll 

Webinar recording - click on the image to the right or here to watch on the NES Vimeo channel

Supporting children who are bereaved during and after the COVID-19 pandemic - 6th October 2020

Donna Hastings, Family Support Worker, St Columba's Hospice, and Dr Catriona MacPherson, Children and Families Practitioner, Fife Specialist Palliative Care, NHS Fife

This webinar covered how children & young people who are bereaved have been impacted by COVID-19, specifically addressing changes and lessons learnt from the pandemic. It reviewed the impact of having been bereaved during the pandemic and the effect of e.g. visiting & funeral restrictions. Additionally, it addressed how children who are bereaved may be dealing with the current situation & specific ways to support them.

PowerPoint slides - Click here to view

Webinar recording - click on the image to the right or here to watch on the NES Vimeo channel

Additional resources - Click here for the Childhood Bereavement Network COVID-19 webpage shared during the webinar

Managing Bereavement in the workplace - 15th September 2020

Andy Gillies, Bereavement & Spiritual Care Lead, NHS Golden Jubilee, and Dr Victoria Thomson, Principal Educator - Psychology, NHS Education for Scotland

This webinar covered approaches to supporting health and social care staff who are bereaved, including those who have experienced personal bereavement, death in the course of their work or the death of a colleague during a pandemic crisis. It also addressed issues around moral injury and the cumulative strain that may be experienced in the wake of multiple deaths. This session was not recorded however PowerPoint slides, along with some additional information / links, can be found below:

PowerPoint slides - Click here to view  

Additional resources - Click here for a selection of additional resource / further information links

Death Certification in the time of COVID - 18th August 2020

Dr Ruth Stephenson, Deputy Senior Medical Reviewer, Healthcare Improvement Scotland (DCRS)

This webinar was a practical overview of the changes in the requirements and processes for death certification during the COVID pandemic. This session was not recorded however PowerPoint slides can be found below

PowerPoint slidesclick here to view.

Grieving as well as possible during a pandemic crisis: two webinars on bereavement, loss and grief in the context of COVID-19

Dr Victoria Thomson, Principal Educator (Psychology), NHS Education for Scotland

Part One: Psychological perspectives on bereavement, loss and grief in the context of a pandemic crisis - 27th July 2020

This webinar covered theoretical models of grief as well as addressing recent changes to our understanding of the experience of loss. It also covered developments in the way we conceptualise interventions for bereavement in the context of a global pandemic, the role of psychology, and promoting resilience.

A recording of this session was made after the live webinar. Click on the image to the right or here to watch on the NES Vimeo channel.

PowerPoint slides click here to view 

Additional reading / resources click here

Part Two: Psychological approaches to supporting service users who have experienced bereavement, loss, or grief during a pandemic crisis - 10th August 2020 

This webinar covered how grief may affect people in the context of COVID-19, including anticipatory, communal, prolonged and/or complex grief. It also reviewed approaches to support people, the role of psychological first aid, and impact of bereavement on staff mental health and wellbeing.

PowerPoint slides - click here to view

Webinar recording coming soon

Upcoming events

If you're a health or social care professional in Scotland visit our Events page for information about our upcoming NES bereavement webinars / annual conference, and for registration details and links.