Memory Milk Gift Initiative: Initiating Difficult Conversations after Loss

18 Nov 2022 13:00 - 15:00 Online attendance Free

The Memory Milk Gift Initiative believes that every bereaved family across Scotland should have the choice to donate breast milk in memory of their baby and commemorated on our Memory Milk Tree in the milk bank at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
This interactive webinar aims to support staff in having these difficult and sensitive conversations with families following bereavement.
Participants will watch a real time interactive demonstration led by EC4H tutors. Participants will have the opportunity throughout the demonstration to contribute suggestions and feedback to the tutor team via the chat box.

This webinar is open to staff from all Scottish health boards


Sarah is 36 weeks pregnant. She has been told that the baby is affected with Edward’s syndrome with a severe cardiac diagnosis. Sarah and her family are making an anticipatory care plan before the baby is born and they have chosen a palliative care pathway. The Clinician meets with Sarah to discuss this

Learning Outcomes

In this advanced clinical communication webinar participants will:
• review their current practice in communicating with patients and their relatives,
• identify personal learning objectives and develop strategies for addressing these within a supported peer learning group
• critique and apply relevant literature/ theory on effective communication
• evaluate and respond to patient/relative perspectives
• identify ways of increasing communication effectiveness
• exchange ideas and experiences with colleagues


Memory Milk Gift Initiative: Initiating Difficult Conversations after Loss

Date: 18 Nov 2022
Time: 13:00 - 15:00

Tutor team

Dr Judith Orme

EC4H Senior Tutor

Dr Judith Orme is a Consultant Neonatologist in Edinburgh. She joined the EC4H Tutor Team in 2018 and delivers EC4H workshops and Being Open training to staff in NHS Lothian and our partner boards.

Melanie Tolson

EC4H Tutor

Melanie Tolson is the Lead Research Nurse for the Borders General Hospital.  She has over 20 years' experience in Oncology/Haematology care and research. She has an interest in education and communication within clinical trials. She completed the EC4H Clinical Communication Tutor training in 2022