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Secondary Care


Pamela Murray, Community Modern Matron, Sunderland & South Tyneside Community Services, North East

Firstly I just want to say thank you for delivering the training. You are both (Sharon & Angela) very inspirational and my colleagues and I have talked at length about the PABBS training and how we can implement this within our locality. We are taking forward postvention within our suicide and risk mandatory training for all staff and I have shared the “twenty minutes of your life” training link across services as well as the hub of the hope. Sometimes you attend training and have to think about what you can share with your colleagues but I wanted to share everything for today.  This training is something that I think everybody should attend from a personal and professional level and should be shared far and wide. We are hoping to attend further conferences so we can really champion taking this really important work forward. You really have created a few monsters in CNTW which we thank you for.
PABBS in-house training – Sunderland – November 2019

Samantha Diston, Clinical Lead, Sunderland Psychiatric Liaison Team, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust, North East

I had no expectations of the training however if I did they would have been massively exceeded! It was thought provoking, very informative and expertly delivered. The passion, knowledge and experience of the facilitators was vast and varied and I felt like I learned a lot to take away and start to introduce into my practice. We have already discussed ways in which we can improve and build upon our postvention work across the locality. I highly recommend this training for all professionals working in health care.
PABBS in-house training – Sunderland – November 2019

Richard Anderson, Veterans Liaison Nurse, Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust, North East

I thought the training was very informative, the trainers delivered the training superbly. Their lived experience helped to the keep the audience focused. I found the training very interactive and a range of learning sources were used.  I would thoroughly recommend this training to by colleagues and feel it has helped me think in a different way and can use some of what I have learned in my own practice.
PABBS in-house training – Sunderland – November 2019

Dr Ilona Singer, Clinical Psychologist, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, North East

A useful conception of suicide prevention, uses real case studies and down to earth ways of engaging with families.
PABBS training – Manchester – October 2019

Beverley Chambers, NHS Crisis Clinician, Tees, Esk & Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust, North East

Great training provided by an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and supportive team. They created a really relaxed and supportive environment and provided us with the knowledge to go away and think about how we can best utilise the information learnt to support those bereaved by suicide in our professional areas. It was nice to meet so many other enthusiastic individuals, from a multitude of professions, all working towards the same goal.
PABBS training – Manchester – October 2019

Linos Jimbu, Mental Health Nurse, Armed Forces, North West

A very interesting and valuable training workshop.  I learnt a lot about relevant resources and skills that can be shared with other clinicians and those individuals bereaved by suicide. The reading material and hyperlinks were informative and constructive.
PABBS in-house training – Preston – October 2019

Clare Schofield, Mental Health Practitioner, Montgomery County Infirmary, Wales

I found the course very informative , It was presented by tutors with excellent practical and theoretical knowledge. I have already put the learning into practice In being able to provide early support and signposting with greater confidence. Next week I will be doing a short presentation to the Trust Learning and Development group to discuss whether there are any ways of altering our systems to make early intervention (postvention) available in a more co-ordinated way.
PABBS training – Manchester – October 2019

Catherine Booth, Counsellor, North Halifax Grammar School, Halifax

I would say that this is everything you want from a day’s training: thought-provoking discussion, fantastic resources and a fresh perspective on such a difficult subject. If ever it was worth spending a day training, this was it.
PABBS Training – Manchester – September 2019

Anne Hazlehurst, Senior Contract and Service Improvement Officer, NHS Rotherham CCG, Rotherham

The PABBS suicide bereavement training was very informative and useful. The training was very well facilitated and there was good dialogue and sharing of ideas between organisations.
PABBS in-house training – Rotherham – July 2019

Michelle Hetherington, Community Mental Health Clinical Lead and Main Facilitator, Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, North West

I thoroughly enjoyed the training and made me realize that we do not place enough emphasis on the high risk of suicide on the people bereaved by suicide and that we need to ask them the question, despite how hard it may seem.
PABBS training – Manchester – July 2019

Professor Zaffer Iqbal, Clinical Director – Psychological Services, NAViGO Health and Social Care CIC, Grimsby

A comprehensive and very helpful course for all individuals involved in any aspect of postvention work, and irrespective of your knowledge and experience it will provide you with nuances and insights that are most rewarding.
PABBS training – Manchester – July 2019

Angela Richardson, Specialist Clinical Lead, Liaison Team, Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, East Midlands

I attended the training on July 9th 2019.  It was the first training in postvention that I have received and found the day extremely useful. The aims and objectives of PABBS training were set out in a clear and logical manner and the workbook was excellent. I liked the use of videos using people bereaved by suicide and GPs.  The tasks were very good and I especially liked the section on Building Resilience and Instilling hope. The presenters were very experienced and approachable. I liked the fact that there was a small number of people receiving the training at one time; this encouraged meaningful discussion and engagement. I highly recommend this training. I am a clinical lead in a Liaison team in a general hospital, working with people who have presented to the hospital following acts of self-harm or suicide attempts. Some of these people have been bereaved by suicide and there has been a lack of training and resources on how best to support people in this situation; PABBS is excellent and I would highly recommend this.
PABBS training – Manchester – July 2019

Marie Armstrong, Nurse Consultant, CAMHS – Self-harm, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, East Midlands

I attended the PABBS training which I found useful and inspiring. It was co-facilitated very well, giving different perspectives. The use of video material was very helpful in promoting the message that postvention is suicide prevention. The accompanying materials and resources are great to help take actions forward in my own organisation and to help share key messages with others. Thank you for developing this work in this crucial but previously neglected area.
PABBS training – Manchester – June 2019

Wendy Brook, Director , Merulae Ltd, Telford

There are not many trainers who can keep my attention and engagement for a whole day in a subject with which I am familiar but Dr. Sharon Mcdonnell did!  I highly recommend this course to everyone from those with a personal interest through to senior professionals in the field!
PABBS training – Manchester – June 2019

Barry Head, Counselling Senior Practitioner, MIND, Oldham

I found the training to be informative and insightful, it was effectively delivered by knowledgeable professionals in a safe and supportive environment. In the few weeks since attending I have implemented strategies and signposted numerous clients as a direct result of the training and awareness I gained through attending. An invaluable resource for any frontline Mental Health Worker.
PABBS training – Manchester – June 2019

Matt Walsh, Patient Safety Lead, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, Manchester

I attended the recent PABBS training as it is essential to my role as the patient safety lead for our Trust. If providers are committed to enacting the research findings that drove the idea and established this training to support an increased understanding of how suicide affects the bereaved then I would strongly urge you to attend this. It has given me a much richer understanding of how providers need to be more attuned to the needs of the bereaved from both a structural and process point of view but also from a cultural point of view. A change in culture can only occur if Boards, senior managers and clinicians create the conditions within which such a culture can emerge and undertaking the training supports this. From a clinician’s point of view, the PABBS training has also supported our organisation to formulate post-vention standards (e.g. immediate support offered via supervision and/or staff wellbeing, review of caseloads, psychological debriefs for teams) for our staff when they experience the death of a patient with whom they are working.
PABBS training – Manchester – June 2019

Christopher Greaves-Thomas, Specialist Bereavement, Royal Preston Hospital, North West

I found the training to be incredibly useful & thought-provoking.
PABBS in-house training – Preston – June 2019

Carole Palmer, Bereavement Specialist Nurse, Furness General Hospital, Barrow

I thought the training was really helpful to my role as a Bereavement Specialist Nurse working in an acute Trust that also offers family support in the immediate aftermath of a suicide.  It helped reassure me that the support we do currently offer is the correct approach. I especially liked the personal stories and experiences that the facilitators courageously used to illustrate points and issues that affect these bereaved people. Thank you all once again for this valuable training.
PABBS in-house training – Preston – June 2019

Monique Kammeraat, Nurse, Stichting Levenseinde Kliniek, Switzerland

So valuable to fly over there to learn from the absolute best trainers and attended the only evidence based training for suicide bereavement. It is not rocket Science, it is about Humans.. that lesson should be learned!
PABBS training – Manchester – May 2019

Stephanie Powell, Serious Incident Investigator, 2gether NHS Foundation Trust, Gloucester

This course really refocuses the attention onto those left after someone has taken their life and the skills we can use to support someone through this time.
PABBS training – Manchester – May 2019