It is necessary to stay for the entire day to receive a certificate of completion of this training. You must have completed all 26 core e-learning modules before attending the face-to-face training.

Medical examiners will ensure accurate death certification across a local area, provide much-needed support for bereaved families and improve patient safety. Medical examiners will be doctors registered with the GMC holding a current licence to practise.

Any doctor wishing to work as a medical examiner will need to attend a face-to-face training day and complete mandatory e-learning modules.

The Royal College of Pathologists, the lead medical royal college for Medical Examiners, is providing the essential training which will equip you with the knowledge and skills you will need for this important role. The day will include short presentations, small group discussions of case scenarios and the opportunity to share experience.  The training has been trialled with experienced medical examiners from pilot or early adopter sites. 

A certificate will be awarded to provide evidence of completion of the face-to-face component of the Medical Examiner training. This training complements the e-leaning which you must complete before attending this training.

The College is inviting new medical examiners to join the Royal College of Pathologists. This is dependent on completion of this training and evidence of satisfactory completion of the e-learning modules.



Registration Fees

The cost of the training fees is £100 for all attendees.




Learning Centre, 4th floor, Peterborough City Hospital

Tel: 01733 678000

Address: Edith Cavell Campus, Bretton Gate, Bretton, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE3 9G



Please note the training programme is subject to change.

9:30am Registration

9:50am Welcome and introduction to the course, Dr Suzy Lishman, Medical Examiners Committee, The Royal College of Pathologists

10:00am Update on ME implementation

10:15am Small group session 1: unnatural deaths and MCCDs 3 per group (20 minutes each)

11:15am Scenario discussion

12:15pm The role of the Medical Examiner Officer

12:30pm Lunch and networking

1:00pm Meeting the needs of the faith community

1:20pm Small group session 2: interactions with the bereaved 3 per group (15 minutes each)

2:05pm Scenario discussion

2:25pm Putting the bereaved at the heart of the service

2:40pm Coffee Break

3:00pm Small group session 3: disagreements with colleagues and late information 3 per table (15 minutes each)

3:45pm Scenario discussion

4:05pm Q&A

4:20pm Closing remarks- Dr Suzy Lishman

4:30pm Event close

Training will finish at 4.30pm