Sudden unexpected death in childhood in Greater Manchester (United Kingdom) : a five-year review (2015-2020)

Quinn, S, Dierckx, E, Long, AJ ORCID: and Rowland, AG ORCID: 2022, 'Sudden unexpected death in childhood in Greater Manchester (United Kingdom) : a five-year review (2015-2020)' , Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing .

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The sudden, unexpected death of a child (SUDC) is a devastating experience. It is vital that supportive and investigative services are effective and promote the best outcomes for families. Analysis of five years of data from 309 SUDC cases in Greater Manchester, United Kingdom (UK) shows how a number of key service outcomes can be measured and achieved through a raft of actions which are commensurate with and exceed the service level recommended by the UK Government. Annual reports covering the work of the Greater Manchester SUDC team are compiled from audit forms completed by the attending SUDC paediatrician for each case. Data from these reports from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2020 were analysed. Most cases happened out of normal working hours, predominantly on Sundays. This supports the need for a 24-hour, seven days per week SUDC service to enable early investigation and timely support for families. The review demonstrated that the Greater Manchester model is able to deliver this in a rapid response with early attendance in emergency departments and early home visits; effective joint agency working with police, children’s social services and other agencies; and provision of support to families. The proposed instigation of a key worker role in the SUDC team is a welcome development. This is central to ameliorating the experience for parents by providing bereavement support separate from the investigative role of the SUDC team. 5 Research is needed into the role of the key worker, potentially as a dedicated bereavement nurse, and understanding of families’ experiences to ensure that support is optimal.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: Comprehensive Child and Adolescent Nursing
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISSN: 2469-4193
Depositing User: Professor Andrew G Rowland
Date Deposited: 25 Feb 2022 08:14
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2022 08:48

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