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

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.

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.

Online bookings are now closed. Please contact Natoya Sylva with any booking queries: meetings@rcpath.org

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. This is the first of these training days and is 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 training day is the second part of basic MEO training. Everyone attending the course 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).






Welcome and introduction to the course

  • Dr Suzy Lishman & Daisy Shale, Course Directors


Introduction to the Medical Examiner system

  • Dr Alan Fletcher, National Medical Examiner


The role of the Medical Examiner Officer

  • Daisy Shale, Senior Medical Examiner Officer, Sheffield


Putting the bereaved at the heart of the service

  • Lucy Watson, Chair, The Patients Association


Meeting the needs of faith communities

  • Mr Mohamed Omer, National Burial Council
  • Representative, Board of Deputies of British Jews


Scenario discussion – putting patients first


Scenario feedback


Panel discussion/Q&A – putting patients first

  • Dr Alan Fletcher
  • Lucy Watson
  • Board of Deputies representative
  • Mohamed Omer
  • Kathryn Griffin
  • Dawn Chaplin


Lunch and networking


Working with stakeholders – an overview

  • Margaret Butler - Adult Bereavement Services Manager, Manchester Hospitals


Scenario discussion – working with stakeholders


Scenario feedback


Panel discussion /Q&A – working with stakeholders

  • Dr Ellen Makings
  • Katherine Griffin
  • Margaret Butler
  • Rachel Thomas


Coffee break


Scenario discussion – practical considerations & case management


Scenario feedback


Panel discussion /Q&A – practical considerations & case management

  • Dr Dawn Chaplin
  • Kathryn Griffin
  • Margaret Butler      
  • Dr Ellie Makings
  • Rachel Thomas
  • Kerri Legg
  • Jes Fry


Closing remarks

  • Dr Suzy Lishman & Daisy Shale


Event close


Registration Fees

UK Member and Non-member: £100

International Member and Non-member: £190


To be held at the Royal College of Pathologists, 6 Alie Street, London E1 8QT.