In response to a number of public inquiries, most notably the Inquiry into the murders committed by Harold Shipman, the Government is reforming the process of death certification in England and Wales.
These reforms include the recruitment of up to 500 Medical Examiners across England and Wales who will mostly work part time. The role of the Medical Examiner will be to conduct independent medical scrutiny of cause of death in all cases where the death is not subject to coronial investigation. Medical Examiners will also be the primary source of general medical advice to coroners.
The Medical Examiner e-learning training programme will deliver much of the training required for this new working role. These requirements are specified in the Medical Examiner training curriculum developed by the intercollegiate Working Group on Training for Medical Examiners.
The Medical Examiner e-learning training programme will be split into eight modules with approximately 90 training sessions of learning material in total.
Department of Health Death Certification Reforms - Coroner update
Implementation of these reforms has been delayed for a variety of reasons, including the need to review the details of the medical examiner system in light of other positive developments on patient safety. Further activity on implementation will be after the General Election in May 2015, when plans for implementation will be reviewed after the next Government has been formed.
The medical examiner's role will be to scrutinise and confirm the cause of death in all cases not investigated by a coroner, regardless of the form of disposal. The medical examiner service will work closely with the coroner service to ensure that only appropriate deaths are referred to coroners.
WHILST ACCESS TO ALL THE E-LEARNING IS FREELY ACCESSIBLE THROUGH THIS PORTAL, PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED FOR PROOF OF COMPLETION (MEDICAL EXAMINERS AND MEDICAL EXAMINER OFFICERS).