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Secondary Care


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

Diane Finch, Counselling Service Co-ordinator, Trafford Macmillan Wellbeing, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust , Manchester

The PABBS workshop was an opportunity to extend my knowledge and re-enforce my confidence in providing timely support and interventions for my clients who are bereaved by suicide. The facilitators were knowledgeable and shared a wealth of personal evidence to illustrate the support required for those bereaved by suicide. The diversity of the attendees’ backgrounds allowed for the sharing of experience, expertise and elements of good practice within a warm and safe env‏ironment.
PABBS training – Manchester – May 2019

Danielle Gallagher, Bereaved by Suicide Support Officer, Northern Health and Social Care Trust, Northern Ireland

I completed the PABBS Suicide bereavement training in May 2019 and I found this training very informative and a great opportunity to learn about the effects suicide has on individuals and health care professionals.  It is well structured and easy to follow workshop with audio-visuals to open discussion on building resilience and instilling hope.  The trainers are well informed on the topic area and are both very compassionate in their roles.
PABBS training – Manchester – May 2019

Nikki Willmott‏ @MrsW66, Head of Safer Care and Standards, Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, East of England

I shared key take home messages from this brilliant [PABBS] training this week when supporting a staff member who was worried about timing of contact with bereaved family. Timely/compassionate contact with signpost to support always preferred option @SJMcDonn @HPFT_NHS.
Tweet – April 11th 2019 about PABBS training

Lin Harrison, Suicide Prevention Project Manager, West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health Care Partnership, North East

I’d highly recommend the PABBS training; the trainers were wonderful and the chance to meet others, share experiences and learning was really inspiring. This will be a great support for the postvention services we’re planning to offer in our area!
PABBS training – Manchester – March 2019

Jeannie Owens, Trainee Psychotherapist, Unity Radio, Manchester

A well organised, informative course, on such a sensitive subject. Delivered in the most respectable way.
PABBS training – Manchester – February 2019

Kristina Newson, Crisis Team, Young Minds Matter, Yorkshire

I attended the Suicide bereavement training in Manchester on 5th February 2019. I found this training to be very informative, helpful and insightful. It was delivered in a sensitive and considerate manner. Suicide is a very emotive subject and the training has help me in various ways. I work in crisis team, which is directly dealing with young people who are having suicidal thoughts and some attempt suicide. The aim of my role is to prevent young people taking their own lives. Therefore the training has been helpful to me in many ways, for example it covered how important the use of language can be to those who have been affected by someone who is contemplating suicide or the families who have experienced loosing a loved one to suicide.
PABBS training – Manchester – February 2019

Keren Firth, Nurse Practitioner, Manorfield Surgery, Rotherham

PABBS evidence based suicide bereavement training,  very useful and insightful, delivering a sensitive subject in a much needed down to earth but compassionate way. The trainers knew their subject well, and were both friendly and supportive throughout the course.
PABBS in-house training – Rotherham – January 2019

Bobby Pratrap, Deputy Head of Mental Health, NHS England, UK

The NHS long term plan includes funding and commitments to have suicide bereavement services available in every area, to anyone who is bereaved by suicide. This training may therefore well worth a look to prepare for implementation of that aim’.
Twitter response to PABBS Training

Jill Archibald, Network Manager , Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust , North West

I found the training to be extremely valuable to my practice.  It gave me an insight in how to work with families in a caring and compassionate way. It help me recognise that as a professional I tended to keep a professional/corporate image, when in fact all that is needed is a listening ear and compassionate.  I found the course to provide theoretical and practical advice. I left the course feeling motivated, not only for my own practice, but to influence change within my organisation. Thank you again for such as fantastic course.
PABBS training – Manchester – November 2018