Medical Examiner - e-Learning for Healthcare
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  • Royal college of Pathologists
  • College of Emergency Medicine
  • Royal College of Physicians
  • Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecoloists
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  • Royal College of General Pracitioners
  • The Royal College of Psychiatrists
  • The Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Academy of Medical Royal Colleges

About the Medical Examiner programme

Medical Examiner is an e-learning programme commissioned by the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and delivered by the Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare programme (HEE e-LfH) and the Royal College of Pathologists Medical Examiners Committee.

Access to this e-learning programme is free although registration is required for proof of completion of the e-learning resource (medical examiners and medical examiner officers).

The e-learning programme is made up of 87 e-learning sessions covering topics related to the new medical examiner role and system. Each e-learning session will take approximately 20 to 30 minutes to complete and once registered, a user can download a certificate of completion which records a user’s activity to date.

As part of the e-learning programme, a set of 26 core e-learning sessions have been identified which users must complete prior to appointment as a medical examiner. The 26 sessions are now available to work through and can be accessed via the HEE e-LfH hub. Once registered on the medical examiner programme, the core sessions can be found in the folder entitled Medical Examiner – Core Learning Resource 2018 2019.

The remainder of the e-learning programme (61 e-learning sessions) must be completed within one year after appointment. This material is currently being reviewed and updated and will be published throughout 2019. Please visit this website for further updates on the latest releases throughout 2019.

On accessing the medical examiner programme, users will note that a Medical Examiner Library of resources is also available. Whilst this resource will prove useful to anyone interested in the programme, the library content should not be relied upon to comprehensively reflect the medical examiner system from April 2019.

The programme supports medical examiners, medical examiner officers and those involved in death certification in England and Wales. This course will help to deliver the majority of the essential training required for medical examiners and medical examiner officers.

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.

Programme background

In response to a number of public inquiries, most notably the Shipman Inquiry (third report), Report of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry (vol 2) and the Morecambe Bay Investigation, the Government is reforming the process of death certification in England and Wales.

These reforms include the recruitment of medical examiners and medical examiner officers across England and Wales. The role of the medical examiner will be to conduct independent medical scrutiny of cause of death in all non-coronial cases.

The Medical Examiner e-learning training programme will deliver much of the training required for this new working role. There will also be face-to-face training managed by the Royal College of Pathologists.

The Medical Examiner e-learning training programme is made up of eight modules with 87 e-learning sessions in total. Each session will take about 20 to 30 minutes to complete.

The e-learning resource is primarily aimed at medical examiners and medical e examiner officers and registration will be required for proof of completion.  There are also general modules which can apply to other parts of the death certification system such as coroners, registrars and funeral directors.  Please note these are not essential modules as part of the training for coroners, registrars and funeral directors and are for information only.

Project team

  • Alan Fletcher

    Alan Fletcher

    Lead Medical Examiner. Clinical Project Lead and Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Acute Medicine, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • Jonathan Guy

    Project Manager, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH staff - Steve Hewitt

    Steve Hewitt

    Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH staff - Paul Kelly

    Paul Kelly

    Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
  • e-LfH staff - Angelina Montinaro

    Angelina Montinaro

    Instructional Designer, HEE e-Learning for Healthcare

Royal College of Pathologists ME Committee Members

  • Dr Alan Fletcher, Lead Medical Examiner, Consultant in Emergency Medicine and Acute Medicine, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust: Chair
  • Dr Bob Bell, Medical Examiner and GP
  • Dr Suzy Lishman, Consultant Pathologist
  • Dr Frances Cranfield, GP, RCGP representative and Assistant Coroner for Hertfordshire
  • Prof Carol Seymour, President Faculty of Forensic and Legal Medicine

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

The Medical Examiner programme is currently free to anyone who has an interest in the new working role. In order to gain access to this programme, prospective users simply need to register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with HEE e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Medical Examiner programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

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