Staff in the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) at Bristol Children's Hospital have been on an end-of-life training course, thanks to amazing donations from our supporters.

The two-day course was attended by 24 members of staff and covered organ and tissue donation, communicating with children and young people about death and dying, and spiritual and religious care, amongst other topics. We funded actors to play the roles of parents, helping staff with realistic scenarios. 

Staff members described the course as 'great, informative and really engaging'.

There are no other courses like this being run by any other PICU in the country.

Senior medical professionals often need to deliver bad news, limiting opportunities for trainees. Therefore training education is necessary, fundamental and so important.

Before the course, 20% of the nurses attending rated their skills at managing potentially distressing conversations with families as 'very good'. After the course it was 100%.