Please contact Tanya Whyte for further booking information by email at meetings@rcpath.org or call 0207 451 6781

Please note this training is for Medical Examiner Officers, not Medical Examiners. To avoid any possible disappointment please ensure you are booking onto the correct course. You must have completed all 26 core ELFH e-learning modules before attending the face-to-face training.

Medical Examiner Officers (MEO) will work closely with MEs and undertake tasks such as coordinating the completion of death certificates and referrals to the Coroner, and speaking to clinicians and bereaved families.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that an administrative charge of £20.00 will be made on all cancellations including changing of dates. Payments are not transferrable, to change date you will be required to cancel your place and rebook onto the new date. The total registration fee is forfeited if cancelled one working week before the event

 A Medical Examiner system is being rolled out across England and Wales to improve the process of death certification, particularly for the bereaved. The Royal College of Pathologists is leading on the training of Medical Examiners (MEs) and has recently agreed to provide training for Medical Examiner Officers (MEOs) as well. These training days are open to anyone who has been appointed to, or is considering applying to, work as an MEO.

MEOs work closely with MEs and will undertake tasks such as coordinating the completion of death certificates and referrals to the Coroner, and speaking to clinicians and bereaved families. There is more information about the role of the MEO, including a model job description, here: https://www.rcpath.org/profession/medical-examiners/setting-up-a-medical-examiner-system.html

MEOs may come from a wide range of backgrounds. It is anticipated that many will be nurses, healthcare scientists or bereavement officers by background, although this list is not exhaustive.

This face-to-face virtual training day is the second part of basic MEO training. Delegates must have completed the 26 mandatory core e-learning modules before the date of the course. It is vital that you have completed this preparatory work to enable you to get the most out of the training day. The e-learning can be accessed here: https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/medical-examiner/ (Registration with e-Learning for Healthcare is required).

Please contact Tanya Whyte for further information on booking queries: meetings@rcpath.org



Provisional Programme

  • Registration
  • Welcome and introduction to the course
    Daisy Shale, Course Director
  • Introduction to the Medical Examiner system
    Dr Alan Fletcher, National Medical Examiner
  • The role of the Medical Examiner Officer
    Rebecca Protopsaltis – Regional Medical Examiner Officer, South West
  • Scenario discussion – practical considerations & case management
  • Scenario feedback and panel discussion
  • Coffee
  • Putting the bereaved at the heart of the service
    The Patients Association
  • Meeting the needs of faith communities
    Mr Mohamed Omer, National Burial Council
    Daniel Elton, Board of Deputies of British Jews
  • Q&A session
  • Lunch
  • Video 1
  • Scenario discussion – Putting patients first
  • Scenario feedback & panel discussions
  • Coffee break
  • Working with stakeholders – an overview
    Margaret Butler – Regional Medical Examiner Officer, North West
  • Role of the coroner’s office
    Jes Fry – Senior Coroner’s Officer, Norfolk & Norwich
  • Scenario discussion – Working with stakeholders
  • Scenario feedback and Panel discussion
  • Q&A session
  • Video 2
  • Closing remarks
    Daisy Shale
  • Event close
Registration Fees

Registration Fees

UK Member and Non-member: £100

International Member and Non-member: £190



This meeting will be held via Zoom. Details of the meeting with accompanied guidance will be sent to attendees before the meeting. We strongly suggest you download Zoom to your computer/laptop to make the most of the meeting, however if this is not possible just simply click on the link provided. To Find out more about Zoom and how it works please visit the website

Pre-course Preparation
Please note that to get the most out of the training day, you will be sent the scenarios that will be discussed in advance. Please read these, make a note of your answers and have a printed copy available for the meeting.