I am delighted that the Royal College of Pathologists is providing its support for this joint training for all coroners and medical examiners (MEs) currently in post. With a working party comprising coroners and Dr Suzy Lishman CBE a programme has been put together to seek to ensure that the aims of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 continue to be met. The College has been instrumental in the provision of accommodation and oversight of the materials that are being used.
The training will be delivered from March through June 2020. The objective of the course is to assist all coroners and medical examiners to understand each other’s roles, consider together what an unnatural death might look like and when deaths need to be referred to a coroner, to think about what a good MCCD looks like, how deaths are registered with reference to the GRO guidelines and consider bereavement and its impact on the family and how to deal with difficult situations. Presentations will be made by coroners and by MEs.
We aim to deliver the courses regionally for coroners and MEs. Practitioners will have the option to attend an event of their choosing but are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to network and establish relationships with fellow medical examiners and coroners in their respective areas.
I am pleased that this event is supported by both me as Chief Coroner, and also by Alan Fletcher, the National Medical Examiner.
The aim of this course is to provide delegates with an understanding of the Medical Examiner system; an understanding of how Medical Examiners/Medical Examiners Officers will work with Coroners/Coroners Officers, and consideration of what is an unnatural/natural death.
This training will cover:
• An over view of the Coroner and Medical examiner roles
• When cases should be referred to the coroner
• When is a death unnatural
• Communication between the Coroner and the ME, what information is required?
• What does a good MCCD look like
• Registering deaths and the new GRO list
• Communication and bereavement and looking after ourselves.