Medical Examiner is an e-learning project commissioned by the Department of Health and delivered by the Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare programme (e-LfH) and the intercollegiate Working Group on Training for Medical Examiners. The project supports the implementation of the Government’s reform of the process of death certification in England and Wales. This course will help to deliver the majority of the essential training required for newly appointed Medical Examiners.
The training modules will train Medical Examiners in conducting independent medical scrutiny of cause of death, in providing advice on the process of referral to the coroner and, where invited, in providing medical advice to coroners themselves.
The legislative framework for implementing these important reforms is included in the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.
For more information on the death certification process please visit the Department of Health website.
Most of the material that you are about to access is entirely relevant to current practices surrounding death and interacting with the bereaved.
However, its key purpose is to provide learning for the new system of death certification for England and Wales, introducing a medical examiner role that has not yet been implemented.
A public consultation on introducing medical examiners to a reformed death certification process in England and Wales, closed in June 2016. A Government response to the consultation is expected to be published by spring 2017. Updates will be posted on this site.
This course does not include anything about current processes and forms to allow cremation, because the special processes for cremation will be abolished once the new system is implemented.
If you are a doctor considering applying to become a medical examiner, you can find out a great deal about the role here. But be aware that nearer the time you may have to repeat the e-learning to qualify for the job, because e-learning undertaken too far in advance may not be accepted by employers.