On October 18th 2017, Lord O’Shaughnessy announced that a national system of independent medical examiners of the cause of death will be implemented from April 2019. A further announcement in June 2018 gave more detail, and was accompanied by publication of the response to the consultation and an impact assessment.  https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/death-certification-reforms

This event, aimed at all interested parties, is the second of a series to support the introduction of medical examiners. Further events are planned for January and April 2019. Although there will inevitably be some overlap of content with the previous event in March 2018, there will be significant new information. This event draws heavily on the accumulated experience of several trusts that have already implemented a ME service and will focus on practical implementation.

To be held at: The Royal College of Physicians, London

9.30am to 5pm

The event will cover the following:

  • Timetable for implementation of MEs
  • Role of the National Medical Examiner
  • Appointment and role of Regional Medical Examiners
  • Training of local MEs – e-learning and face-to-face sessions
  • Accountability and independence – who will employ MEs and how will independence be assured?
  • Working with the Coroner
  • Changes to completion of cremation forms
  • The role of the ME Officer
  • Forms and data collection – update on digital support
  • Next phase – future legislation changes and how this will affect the ME service

A detailed programme will be available nearer the time, but in the meantime please book your place via the book-now link. This event is free to attend.

The event will run from 10am to 4.30pm with registration from 9.30am. There will also be an optional session from 4.30-5pm for delegates to talk to some of the speakers individually if they have specific questions that have not been answered during the day.

As this event will focus on practical aspects of the roll out of a medical examiner system from April 2019, it will inevitably concentrate on establishing the scheme in acute trusts. However, it will be extended to primary care in the future and GPs are very welcome to attend.

Please contact Clare Winter, RCPath Events Coordinator, with any booking queries: clare.winter@rcpath.org.


To be held at the Royal College of Physicians, London