10 February 2021

The Royal College of Pathologists has trained the 1000th medical examiner, marking an important step towards creating a world-leading system of death investigation and patient safety improvement.

 

Dr Yasmin Kapadia became the 1000th Medical Examiner to be trained by the College. 

 

Announcing the milestone, Dr Suzy Lishman, Medical Examiner Training Lead said,

'I am very pleased to announce that Dr Yasmin Kapadia is the 1000th doctor to qualify as a medical examiner since the Royal College of Pathologists introduced training for this new medical specialty in 2019. Dr Kapadia is an Emergency Medicine and Major Trauma Consultant at Kings College Hospital NHS Trust and completed her training via Zoom on February 9, with 79 other doctors from a wide range of backgrounds.

The role of medical examiners is to ensure accurate death certification and appropriate referral to the Coroner, to answer any questions the bereaved family may have and to identify and escalate any concerns about care. This important patient safety initiative is already in place in every trust in England and across the NHS in Wales, and will be extended to include every death in England and Wales in due course.

Once fully established, the medical examiner service will provide a world-leading system for investigating deaths, learning lessons to improve future patient care and support bereaved families. The training of 1000 medical examiners is an important step towards this goal, and is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the team involved. I look forward to leading the training of the next thousand.'

Dr Yasmin Kapadia, Emergency Medicine Consultant and newly qualified medical examiner said,

'I'm thrilled and honoured to be the 1000th medical examiner trained by the Royal College of Pathologists. The ME system is vitally important to support bereaved families, the work of the Coroner and improve patient care. The College course has provided me with an excellent grounding in the role of the medical examiner and I am looking forward to integrating this new role with my career as an emergency medicine consultant in the future.'

Dr Alan Fletcher, National Medical Examiner welcomed the news:

`I am delighted to learn the Royal College of Pathologists has trained the 1000th medical examiner. This remarkable achievement reflects the tremendous effort many have made in establishing the medical examiner workforce. Medical examiners are committed to their role and to listening to the concerns of bereaved people; they come from a range of medical specialties, and thanks to their empathy and skills we will go from strength to strength.'